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Ellen Bass, PhD

Ellen Bass


Professor and Chair

Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

Health Systems and Sciences Research

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Ellen Bass has over thirty years of human-centered systems engineering research and design experience in air transportation, healthcare, meteorology and other domains. The focus of her research is to develop theories of human performance, quantitative modeling methodologies, and associated experimental designs that can be used to evaluate human-automation interaction and human-human collaboration in the context of total system performance. The outcomes of the research can be used in the systems engineering process: to inform system requirements, procedures, display designs and training interventions and to support system evaluation.
Dr. Bass's research contributions can be decomposed into four synergistic areas:

  • Characterizing human judgment and decision making
  • Modeling human judgment when supported by information automation
  • Computational models of human-human and human-automation interaction
    • These computational models are instantiated via mathematical formulations, simulation, and formal verification methods
  • Design and evaluation of interventions to improve human judgment and decision making

Research Interests:

Human-centered design, human-computer interaction, human factors, human performance modeling , judgment and decision making, medical informatics, systems engineering

Professional Society:

• Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council of the National Academies
• At Large Executive Council, Human Factors and Economics Society
• Associate Editor for the Sociotechnical System Analysis department, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
• Editorial board for Human Factors
• Editorial board for IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors
• Program committee for the HFES Symposium on Human Factors & Ergonomics in Health Care, 2012-present