Abstract: This deliverable explores basic characteristics of human groups and teams in order to derive implications for actor-agent teams (AAT’s). From a socio-psychological group dynamics perspective group developmental stages, membership, cohesion, subgroups, social status, roles, norms and leadership are defined and explained in order to enhance the understanding of the processes that are part of human group behavior. The document subsequently briefly explains what ‘actor-agent-team’ means, making the assumption that the factors that play a role in human-only teams also play a role in AAT’s and putting further implications to discussion.
Abstract: When we talk about improving Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, we must consider at least two sorts of problems to solve: the processing of human provided information (perception and knowledge) in combination with other sensor information and the human processing of sensor based information (for situation awareness and decision making). As an illustration, two examples of research work that is done at the D-CIS lab in Delft is presented here. The first example is about Distributed Perception Networks in disaster management and the second example is about cognitive performance factors in decision making (in crisis situations).
Abstract: This deliverable concerns an internal report. A literature review and work plan for cognitive control and decision making is described. This literature overview with additional research ideas and the description of several experiments is outlined as follows: an introduction is given on how cognitive control is being defined in literature. Then, brain areas related to cognitive control are being discussed, since research on cognitive control focuses more and more on the neurological substrates of this phenomenon. Additionally, several tasks, as often used in research on cognitive control, are discussed, as well as some alternative tasks. Furthermore, decision making processes and decision biases as well as some tasks to investigate the decision making process are being described. In a separate section, the influences of several humanfactors on cognitive control as well as personality differences in cognitive control are depicted. Consecutively, the role of cognitive control in moral dilemmas are discussed. Then, some physiological measures for cognitive control are pointed out and some general research ideas are proposed for investigating the role of cognitive control in decision making. Finally, the set-up of several experiments are being described.
Abstract: In this position paper a number of hypotheses are outlined concerning the effect of three measurable humanfactors, namely subjective stress, arousal and mood, on human decision making performance; taking into account the amount of risk involved in the decision. The proposed domain of application involves critical situations: situations in which time-limits, uncertainty and possibly dire consequences provide an ideal context to apply the results. A tangible objective is to provide the basis for a demonstrator which can measure subjective stress, arousal and mood on the job, provide runtime feedback and positively influence the human decision making process.
Abstract: In this position paper a number of hypotheses are posited concerning the effect of measurable humanfactors, such as subjective stress, arousal and mood, on the performance of human decision making; taking into account the amount of risk involved in the decision. The proposed domain of application is crisis management: a situation in which time-limits, uncertainty and possibly dire consequences provide an ideal context to assess the validity of our hypotheses. Experimentation involves both people in management functions and non-management functions. The final objective is to provide the basis for a demonstrator which can measure mood, arousal and subjective stress on the job, provide runtime feedback and ergo positively influence human decision making processes.