2015-11-21 INCOSE Conference on Systems Engineering

INCOSE Canada is hosting a day long conference concerning Systems Engineering, and a couple of the presentations will be of significant interest to some members of CAPCHI involved in complex systems development and software developers. This conference will take place at Carleton University on November 21st, and very affordable at $39 early bird admission.

Dr. Barclay Brown of IBM will be presenting aspects of Systems Modelling, using advanced SE Tools, and Dr. Ronald Houde will be presenting work he has done using extensions of UML (Four plus One architecture modelling developed by Dr. Phil Krutchen) in development of an airworthy safety critical flight management system.  This is a first in the industry where a systems modelling tool, based on extensions of IBM’s Rhapsody modelling tool, has been used for a safety of flight certifiable platform.

This Conference on Systems Engineering will be held in Ottawa at Carleton University on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 and over live streaming via Internet to other locations. More info, including the conference agenda , can be found at: http://incosecanada.weebly.com/).

This event is sponsored by INCOSE, and largely from the generous sponsorship and ongoing support of Thales Canada, IBM, NavCan, the NRC and organizations allowing staff to share their achievements.

During the conference there will be two keynote presentations: cyber security and large scale integrated battlefield simulation.  There are subsequently four streams addressing Workforce Development and Learning for the 21st century, System Engineering Modelling for system life cycles, best practices in System Life Cycle Management, and Analysis of Complexity.

These streams will be supported by both longstanding practitioners sharing their experience, and members of the academic and research community presenting their work.  Afterwards there will be a networking session, to permit DND personnel, academia, industry and students to network.

2015-11-17 Innovation in Canada – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2015

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In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, CapCHI presents a panel discussion on innovation!

Date: Tuesday November 17th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-innovation-in-canada-a-panel-discussion-in-celebration-of-world-usability-day-2015-tickets-19266455487

What:

Innovation is viewed as a vital ingredient for helping Canada become more productive and positioning us to compete on the world stage. Our economic health relies heavily on and is greatly affected by movements in the prices of natural resources. Faced with recent declining prices for these resources, businesses have had to make tough decisions regarding the allocation of labour and capital. Can innovation help our country become more productive? CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of innovation and how it can impact our economy.

  • Can innovation in User Experience help both private and public organizations bring better products and/or services to the market and improve Canada’s overall productivity and competitiveness?
  • Are there opportunities to enhance the impact of these products/services?
  • Can Canadian companies scale to bring these products/services on the world market?
  • What are some of the issues/challenges that prevent organizations from innovating?
  • …and what is innovation?

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto these questions.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Teacher, Researcher, and MOOC Master at Carleton University’s Department of Psychology) has a BSc from Trent, an MA from Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Carleton. He has 25 years in user interface design, usability testing, product management, sales, business development, and marketing. Some of the technologies with which he has dealt include telephony, voice applications, voice recognition, wireless, business intelligence, data mining, customer relationship management, and network security. Bruce is a co-inventor on eight US and Canadian patents.

Panel of Experts:

Scott Plewes (VP, UX Design at Macadamian) has worked for almost 25 years in user experience design. After earning a Masters from Queens University, he did UX design for Bell Northern Research and Nortel; before it was even called UX design. He has been a UX consultant since he co-founded Maskery in 2001 and then subsequently joined Macadamian in 2006 when Maskery was acquired. Joining Macadamian, his focus was to find a way to integrate engineering and UX design to find ways to keep UX design a focus on the product all the way into the market, and not just in the design spec.

Alvaro Vargas (Marketing Advisor and User Experience Design, Government of Canada) is a user experience (UX) designer, working for the Government of Canada as a UX designer on internet and intranet communications projects.  His approach to UX comes from three disciplines: advertising, graphic design, and anthropology. The connecting principle between them is a genuine interest in people, and the interfaces of people-to-people, people-to-technology, and people-to-processes. He sees UX as an outcome, not a process.

Shaun Illingworth (Partner, Managing Director at Akendi): Ensuring research is relevant and actionable is what drives Shaun day-to-day.  With over 17 years of experience in both enterprise and startup technology companies, Shaun is an experienced business strategist, creative thinker and market research executive with a rare focus on user-centered design and its resulting business value.  Shaun began his career in Boston as a product and market research consultant; he holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Northeastern University and is a professional moderator and workshop facilitator.

Tim Moore (Consultant at Ergosum Ltd.) has had an eclectic career centered on human factor engineering.  Starting in 1970, he worked for 6 years in one of the first research groups on human computer interaction.  He then worked for 5 years for one of the first consumer product ergonomic research groups and was the sole user interface and ergonomics consultant for L.M.Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications company more recently associated with Sony.  He obtained a PhD for a project to design a new International telephone exchange for Ericsson.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-10-20 Success, Failure, Disaster: Cisco Measures Tasks

Following up on our hugely successful kick-off event, IoT613, CapCHI returns on Tuesday, October 20th to our regular “Home Base” at The Fox & Feather on Elgin Street. Mike Atyeo of Neo Insight will take us through some interesting lessons learned from his time spent with Cisco.

As usual, doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. We invite you stay after the presentation for more great food, drink, and networking. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday October 20th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-success-failure-disaster-cisco-measures-tasks-tickets-18827110394

Presentation Synopsis:

Cisco is a top player in the complex, rapidly-changing and ultra-competitive telecoms industry. Cisco’s website content and applications must reflect not only a large and evolving portfolio of products and services, but also the changing needs and growing expectations of customers, potential customers, partners and the marketplace.

In recent years, Cisco has partnered with Gerry McGovern, Neo Insight and others to develop a multi-pronged strategic approach to improve the User Experience by helping customers complete pre- and post-sales tasks for thousands of products. The research reveals opportunities for improvement through quantitative and qualitative analysis of target audiences’ task performance.

In this session, Mike will describe key elements of Cisco’s UX benchmarking strategy that can be applied in any industry or organization:

  • How the Cisco UX benchmarking program fits into a broader strategic initiative
  • The types of systemic challenges that are identified by this type of testing
  • How Cisco addresses those issues strategically

Speaker Bio:

Following his degree in Psychology, Mike spent 10 years in retail and financial systems. Then, during his Master’s in Computer Science at Imperial College, London (U.K.), he noticed an impoverished but life-changing section of books on a shelf in the Engineering library. It was labelled ‘Human Factors’. “Aha! The Psychology of Computers!” He was hooked.

Many years later, Mike Atyeo is co-founder and President of Neo Insight, a User Experience agency based in Ottawa, Canada. At Neo Insight, Mike has led and participated in more than 100 User Experience (UX) projects for clients in High-Tech, Industry, Higher Education and Government.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 20th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-09-24 IoT613 – Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference

A hands-on experience in IoT technology, innovation and design

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa dedicated to the Internet of Things. A unique collaboration between the UX and Maker communities, this hands-on conference will explore how IoT will shape the future of our daily lives, businesses and governments. Discover the next big wave in connected communication and learn about UX considerations, design challenges, and the transformative technology that will make it happen.

Thursday, Sept 24th & Friday, Sept 25th

  • $75 Workshop
  • $100  Expert Speaker Series
  • $150 Full Pass

Students receive 10 percent off. Use promo code “STUDENTS” and show valid student I.D. upon entrance.

REGISTER NOW

Visit IoT613 for full details!

2015-07-22 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)

This conference might be of interest to the CAPCHI community.  It is an international conference, held for the first time in Canada.

The eleventh Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 22-24, 2015 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program features technical papers, workshops and tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and lightning talks.

Registration can be done on the SOUPS website, by clicking the Registration tab on the left at : http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/

2015-06-23 Designing for Usability in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

For our final event of the 2014-2015 season, we are pleased to welcome as our speaker, local UX guru, Dominira Saul, Chief Experience Architect at Akendi. Dominira will be discussing Designing for Usability in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era, a hot topic and one that will lead in directly to our big kickoff event for next season – IoT613! You’ll be hearing a lot more about IoT613 in the coming weeks, but on June 23rd, Dom will be providing the appetizer to what will be a very satisfying IoT meal come September.

As usual, doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. We invite you stay after the presentation for more great food, drink, and networking. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 (updated!)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-designing-for-usability-in-the-internet-of-things-iot-era-tickets-17145411387

Presentation Synopsis:

While the tools and techniques that we employ as researchers and designers are largely unchanged, we are being forced to broaden our focus.  As designers will be required to think in terms of service design and multi-modal interaction as many tasks and interactions associated with IoT span devices and contexts.

Speaker Bio:

Dominira Saul possesses a great deal of formal training in both the study of human behaviour and the design of human – machine interfaces. With a M.Sc. in User Interface Design from London Guildhall University, a BA (Hons.) in Psychology from Carleton University, Mr. Saul has had the opportunity to hone and perfect his skills as well as garner new techniques during his career with Akendi, Macadamian Usability, Maskery & Associates, as an independent UX consultant, and at his own consultancy in the London, England.

Dominira has designed user interfaces for products in a variety of domains, including web applications, web sites, desktop software on various platforms, public access kiosks, healthcare devices, telephones (PBX, VoIP and mobile), tablets, embedded devices and other consumer electronics.  He has conducted usability evaluations on, among other things, websites, web applications, kiosks, healthcare devices, stand-alone and embedded software as well as mobile phone, tablet and telecommunications devices, hardware and consumer electronics.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-05-19 HCI Student Showcase

Join us on Tuesday, May 19th on the third floor of The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill! University and College HCI students will be presenting their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence or project presentation and seeking input from experienced professionals and knowledgeable academics. Each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes long with 3-5 minutes for questions and answers.

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday May 19th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-relevant-social-media-tickets-15727924646

Abstracts & Bios

  1. Erin Martel is a graduate student in the Human-Computer Interaction program at Carleton University. She has been a game designer and level designer for over 10 years and her background in the game industry informs her research interests. She is currently a designer at VINCI Education, creators of an award-winning game-based learning curriculum. Erin is working with researchers at Carleton to evaluate control schemes for virtual reality games. Virtual reality is a new gaming medium that brings with it a new input device–the head-mounted display. The question this research hopes to answer is how game designers can integrate head-mounted displays into easy to use control schemes that enhance the player’s enjoyment. In her presentation, she will talk about an ongoing project that measures the effect of various VR control schemes on player performance and satisfaction. This research will also be presented at the Foundations of Digital Games conference in June 2015.
  2. Jed Looker is a Master of Design candidate with the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University. His thesis is focused on human factors and haptic interaction for augmented reality user interfaces. One of the problems with the proposed AR user interfaces such as the Microsoft Hololens is they are limited by the amount of space available to them. Jed’s presentation examines the changing workspaces of the travelling professional, and draws from seminal works in proxemics, ergonomics, and responsive design to construct KubitAR, a flexible augmented reality user interface framework. Jed teaches interaction design with the School of Media and Design at Algonquin College. He is an active member of the local UX community having volunteered as a local leader with IxDA Ottawa, spoken at Ottawa Refresh, and having run a rapid prototyping workshop at CodeFest 2014. Most of all he enjoys working with his students as they shape their skills to enter industry.
  3. Vivienne Kay is a second-year Graphic Design student at Algonquin College and a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She is happy to be one of the lucky people in the world who can honestly say “I absolutely love what I do,” and is eager to learn and grow as a designer, researcher, and problem-solver. Vivienne has developed Pointer, a UX research app that streamlines the process of collecting and interpreting user feedback. A collaborative tool inspired by the rainbow spreadsheet, Pointer stores user profiles, collects quantitative and qualitative feedback, and generates pie-charts and bar-graphs to facilitate creative problem solving.
  4. Natalie Macpherson is a 3rd year Graphic Design student at Algonquin College. Before studying design she went to school at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College where she trained to become a teacher. After graduating she taught high school for a number of years teaching students with special educational needs. Through her experience as an educator and a designer she has developed a keen interest in how technology and design can help students become independent learners. Natalie will present a prototype for an iOS e-reader app she developed in her last semester of the Graphic Design program. Her presentation will explore the challenges faced by students with learning disabilities. She will examine how iPad and iPhone applications can help students become independent learners and provide them with a sense of success. To conclude her presentation she will discuss how current educational technologies fall short in helping students with disabilities.
  5. Anna Misak – Abstract and bio coming soon.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 19th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-02-24 Relevant Social Media

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th on the third floor of the Fox & Feather Pub & Grill for an exciting night featuring Shawna Tregunna, founder of ReSoMe. Doors open at 6:00pm for networking and complimentary appetizers, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. We also invite you stick around afterward for some more networking and great food and drink. As always, our partners at the Fox & Feather will provide all those in attendance with 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Date: Tuesday February 24th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-relevant-social-media-tickets-15727924646

Presentation Synopsis:

Social media platforms have created dynamic and powerful communications tools but ones which are highly volatile, unpredictable and untamed. User generated and user curated content is the currency that is traded for website traffic, ad dollars and reputations. There is a new battleground for businesses to fight over consumers of all kinds, it has fewer borders but more hurdles than any battleground before. Posting the wrong thing at the wrong time can spell certain death for an unprepared company and the right one at the right time can ensure victory. We use media monitoring software to help us figure out the landscape and if the locals are friendly before we send any of our clients into battle, fighting for their share of eyeballs, clicks, praise and hopefully, reap the rewards of a well fought battle.

We will take a look at how we can compare social media data to show hot spots for topics and discussions, opportunities to gain footholds, key alliances to pursue and what language is being used in different regions. All of this is critical to help build communications plans and social media strategies that are fit to meet the resistance of a fiercely competitive and exceedingly fickle social media frontier. It also gives us the baseline for us to measure our forward movement against, or if needed, perform a postmortem. We will look at the data that can be easily measured a few different ways, how automation can help or hurt – specifically considering automated sentiment analysis and auto scheduling – and how looking at the smallest elements like keywords can often reveal the next big thing.

At ReSoMe we use a media monitoring platform called Brandwatch and a dashboard tool called SproutSocial that will be used to show some of the comparisons but many of the media monitoring tools on the market provide similar insights and much of the data is available directly from the social media platforms via API – you just need to know what to do with it to make it reveal its secrets.

Speaker Bio:

Shawna Tregunna would much rather if dogs ruled the internet, instead of cats, and she claims she is working on a plan to make that happen! Shawna is the founder of ReSoMe (short for Relevant Social Media) and works with a fantastic team specializing in outsourced community management as well as content creation and design. She is in constant awe of the power of social media and the ability to connect and influence so many people in so many ways and loves watching and making it happen every day. She is passionate about empowering women in business & tech and although most of ReSoMe clients are medium to large businesses, she has a soft spot for startups and entrepreneurs.

Shawna tweets personally as @ShawnaActually and professionally as one of the voices at @ReSoMe.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 24th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-03-24 Interaction Design Jam

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th on the third floor of the Fox & Feather Pub & Grill for our Interaction Design Jam!

Date: Tuesday March 24th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interaction-design-jam-tickets-15835779242

What:

The future of OTTAWA’S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE is a hot button topic that played a major role in last fall’s municipal election. Well, CapCHI is going to jump on the TRAIN to see if we can help DIRECT THE FLOW of our TRANSIT future in the 2015 CapCHI Interaction Design Jam! Come on out and join CapCHI in an evening of fun, laughs, and learning.  Check out this summary of a previous rendition of our Interaction Design Jam (formerly Interactionary): http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary.

The PLAN:  A time limited design competition where student and professional teams NAVIGATE through unique challenges, employing solid user experience methods.

The CONVOY will officially consist of teams from Akendi, Jumping Elephants, and two entries from Algonquin College‘s School of Media & Design.

Urged on by all those in attendance, the teams WEAVE their way through the TRAFFIC and follow a ROUTE to a DESTINATION. An esteemed panel of judges will give the teams points, but hopefully not DEMERIT points, in variety of categories, including teamwork, approach, final design, and audience participation. The winning team DRIVES away with great prizes and amazing bragging rights!

With spring around the corner, it’s time to hit the STREETS and get out of the office. This event is sure to be as popular as a DOUBLE DECKER BUS, so HOP ON BOARD! Whether you come by FOOT, BICYCLE, BUS, CAR, or LIGHT RAIL (not this year, but it’s coming!), we guarantee you one heck of a RIDE. While PRESTO CARDS will not be required, we do request that bring a good sense of humour, positive vibe and a sense of fun – we won’t revoke your LICENSE!

As always, there will be complimentary appetizers during the networking portion of the evening (6:00pm-6:30pm) and our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing all those in attendance with 10% off their food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around after the event for more great networking, food, and drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 24th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-04-21 Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems

Following up on last year’s exciting presentation on the integrated soldier system, CAE’s Tab Lamoureux is returning to give us the ins and outs of command and control systems in our next event: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems.

DateTuesday April 21, 2015 (rescheduled from February 17th)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1BkZgF4

What:

Command and Control (C2) represents a significant challenge to the Human Factors specialist. While many of us are concerned with the design of ‘things’ to carry out ‘tasks’, C2 represents the collaborative activities of a distributed team with a variety of skills and roles at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Typically, C2 is concerned with the development and maintenance of Situation Awareness to support decision making by the commander. As such, the commander receives all his information and affects the outcome by indirect means.

Challenges facing the HF specialist are many and varied.  They can include problems inherent with the new technologies being integrated into C2 organisations, such as information overload due to the proliferation of sensors, to the propensity of high-level commanders to start micro-managing soldiers, sailors and pilots because they know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. They can also include the procurement processes adopted by the Department of National Defence (DND) which reward a single supplier and thereby encourage lowest-cost compliance and engineering-centric solutions, rather than adopting a market-driven, user-centred process that leads to innovation and effective human-system partnerships.

This talk will discuss some of the issues facing the HF specialist when working on C2 systems. With examples from air traffic control, Naval, Army, Air, and Joint C2 and covering the spectrum of the system design lifecycle from analysis through design to test and evaluation Tab will describe his experiences and what he currently believes his ‘go-to’ solutions are. Until the next project anyway…

Speaker Bio:

Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 21st, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.