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21 January, 2011

Join us:

UPA Boston invites you to its January monthly meeting. Join us Tuesday, January 25th at The MITRE Center in Bedford, MA where Jill Drury and Todd Reily will present:

  • New Technology Applications for Emergency Management
  • Applying Gestural Interfaces to Command-and-Control

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Thanks, we hope you’ll join us to kick off our first meeting in 2011!
– Margy and the UPA Boston Board


Tues, January 25th
6:00 – 7:00PM – refreshments & networking
7:00 – 8:30PM – Chapter update, presentation, Q&A, wrap-up

The MITRE Center (‘MITRE C building’)
202 Burlington Road (Route 62)
Bedford, MA 01730-1420



1. New Technology Applications for Emergency Management

– Dr. Jill Drury

We have been investigating new ways to apply technology to enhance response to fast-paced, complex, emergency incidents. Although there are many uses of multi-touch display technologies, decision support systems, Global Positioning System (GPS), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and simple radio frequency transmitter/sensor devices, these technologies have only made their way into the emergency response community in limited ways. Based on an investigation of the technology needs of emergency responders, we developed an approach to combine these technologies to address the observed safety, situation awareness, and efficiency shortfalls.  This presentation describes our proposed approach and provides the results of investigations into its acceptance and likely utility.

2. Applying Gestural Interfaces to Command-and-Control
– Todd Reily

This presentation examines the applicability of gesture-based user interfaces in notional Command-and-Control (C2) environments of the United States Army. Since MITRE resides in a not-for-profit advisory position to their federal sponsors, the research team was able to take an unbiased perspective driven solely by identified issues, the search for improved workflows, and practical opportunities for technology development. The goal of the effort was to inform the US Army community so that it can make responsible, needs-driven decisions regarding gestural interface technologies, and avoid the potential pitfalls that may arise from technology-centered or profit-driven decisions. The research team adhered to a Systems Engineering framework that required a holistic approach to the “system” of distributed C2 personnel and their technologies. The goal for the final output was to demonstrate how these technologies may come together as a system to support a more efficient, dynamic, and effective operational workflow than today’s reality. 


Dr. Jill Drury 
Dr. Jill Drury received a BA in Physics from Macalester College in 1980.  She earned MS degrees in Business Administration in 1986 and Computer Science in 1994, both from Boston University.  A Doctor of Science (Sc.D) degree in Computer Science followed from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002.  She is Associate Department Head of the Collaboration and Multi-Media Department of The MITRE Corporation, where she has worked since 1980. Jill is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Her research interests are in optimizing interactive technologies for team-based decision-making in safety-critical applications; particularly for urban search and rescue robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, real-time operations centers, and command and control systems.  Jill has published 60+ journal, book chapter, conference papers, and magazine articles.  She was honored in 2010 with the Mass High Tech “Woman to Watch” award.

Todd Reily 
Todd Reily is a Lead Human Factors Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center in Bedford, MA. Todd’s primary responsibility is to support MITRE’s military sponsors by identifying user-driven issues and addressing them with innovative design-driven solutions. Prior to MITRE, Todd was a Lead Usability Analyst at Human Factors International, a usability and design consulting firm. In that role, Todd consulted in a range of industries, from home and entertainment to enterprise and financial services.

Todd is currently pursuing his Masters in System Design and Management from MIT on a part-time basis. At MIT, Todd is applying his skills in design and user psychology to the principles of system design in an effort to develop innovative methods in product development. He also holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University. While at Tufts, Todd served as President of Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and received the De Florez Prize in Human Engineering.

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