December 2017: Why is Human-Model Interactivity Important to the Future of Model-Centric Engineering? (Donna H. Rhodes)

Speaker: Dr. Donna H. Rhodes
Date: Tuesday – December 19, 2017
Agenda: 6:00-6:45 Networking, FREE PIZZA and Roundtables
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements
Who’s Invited: Everyone (industry, government, academia)
Location: The MITRE Corporation
Building S
202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
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Featured Presentation: Why is Human-Model Interactivity Important to the Future of Model-Centric Engineering?

In the envisioned future, we see engineers, analysts, and decision makers immersed in highly interactive model-centric environments using digital system models as a primary basis for system decisions. While significant progress on modeling languages, modeling practices, and modeling methods has been achieved, insufficient attention has been given to the necessary interactivity between humans and models. Given emerging modeling toolsets, availability of powerful computational resources, and autonomous decision-aiding, the human role in relationship to models must be re-examined. In this talk, Dr. Rhodes will share findings and insights from a recent interview-based study and ongoing research on human-model interactivity.  Ongoing areas of inquiry include: how and why individuals interact within model-centric environments, facets of human interaction with visualization tools and large data sets, and underlying fundamentals such as the role of trust in model-centric decision making.  Emerging implications for practice extending from the interim findings are discussed.

About the Speaker

Donna Rhodes is a principal research scientist in the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, and co-founder and director of MIT’s Systems Engineering Advancement Initiative (SEAri). She is principal investigator for numerous sponsored research projects on human-model interaction, anticipatory decision-making, human-centered digital engineering practice, and innovative approaches for enterprise transformation under the digital paradigm.  Her research involves deep collaboration and engagement with government, industry and other academic partners. Prior to MIT, Dr. Rhodes held technical and senior management positions at IBM Federal Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Lucent.  She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).  She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Systems Science from the T.J. Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University.