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Longtime NASA Researcher Joins Human Automation Teaming Solutions Inc. to Catapult Its UAS in the NAS Capabilities

Los Angeles, April 5, 2016 – Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS), Inc. announced today that Dr. Walter Johnson has joined the company, as Principal Human-Systems Designer. At HATS he will lead the development and implementation of concepts that tailor increasingly autonomous technology to UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), thus allowing automated team members and individual humans to collaborate during decision-making. HATS is developing ground control stations that will integrate large numbers of UAS— also called drones—into the national airspace systems (NAS).

Dr. Johnson, a research psychologist, formerly led the Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, where he worked with his team to make breakthroughs in aviation and air traffic management. His work is associated with the development of integrated air-ground technologies, including ground stations that support single pilot flight decks. His most recent achievements were two 2015 Ames Technology Awards: Patent Application Award System for Providing Real Time Audible Messages to a Pilot and a Tech Brief Award for Real Time PIREPs Using Audio Twitter.

HATS co-founder Dr. Nhut Ho expressed high praise, stating “Dr. Walter Johnson is a well-known and creative leader, researcher and designer in the human factors and aviation communities. With over 150 technical publications and three decades of experience in designing and researching next generation automation systems at NASA, Dr. Johnson will help HATS bring to market creative and disruptive solutions that set standards for technologies that effectively partner humans with automation.”

It’s this innovative spirit that has led HATS to design M-HATT, a UAS ground control station partially funded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from NASA. This revolutionary system, which will permit the control of multiple aircrafts with minimal human oversight, was created using the company’s human-centered approach to team human with automation. In upcoming years Dr. Johnson, along with the rest of the HATS team, will continue to pursue breakthrough human automation teaming technologies in order to enable HATS’ vision of human supervision of large numbers of unmanned aircraft systems to become a reality.

About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS) Inc. was founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho to tackle the human/automation obstacle in a flat, collaborative work environment. HATS’ specialized expertise is in designing and developing automation and software for complex systems in a number of domains, including aviation and healthcare systems. The signature product is J-HATT, the Human Automation Teaming Testbed developed for NASA as a research tool to integrate drones into the national airspace systems (NAS).

 

 

Human Automation Teaming Solutions, Inc. Strives for Unparalleled Expertise with the Recruitment of Dr. Doreen Comerford

Los Angeles, April 1, 2016 – Human Automation Teaming Solutions (HATS), Inc. announced today that Dr. Doreen Comerford has joined the organization as a senior researcher. Her arrival is the latest in a series of additions to an already talented list of personnel. At HATS, Dr. Comerford will use her extensive knowledge in human factors to examine the connection between pilot and machine and infuse human-centered principles and best practices into all HATS products. Ultimately, her expertise will be used to push the boundaries of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and enable large numbers of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace systems (NAS).

Dr. Comerford has worked for over 15 years as a research psychologist. She began with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory where she conducted research on the psychology behind the decisions pilots make in different types of weather. Her findings have been used in the development of advanced displays and decision-making tools for pilots. After leaving NASA for the academic environment she continued to work with colleagues at NASA, most notably contributing to NASA’s investigations into Single Pilot Operations.

“I am excited that Dr. Comerford will join our team,” states HATS co-founder Dr. Nhut Ho. “She shares our focus in producing innovative technologies for teaming humans with automation, and she places the same strong rigor as we do on human factors engineering processes and user experience.”

In addition to her contributions at NASA, Dr. Comerford has taught in the psychology departments at State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta and at Hartwick College. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Human Factors Psychology from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Industrial Psychology from the University of Hartford.

About Human Automation Teaming Solutions

Human Automation Teaming Solutions, Inc. (HATS) was founded in June 2014 by Dr. Nhut Ho and Vicky Ho to tackle the human/automation teaming in a flat, collaborative work environment. HATS designs and develops automation and software for complex systems in a number of domains, including aviation and health care systems. The signature product is J-HATT, the Human Automation Teaming Testbed developed for NASA as a research tool to integrate UAS into the national airspace systems.