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THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Training Research and Applied Cognitive Engineering

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Introduction

The Training Research and Applied Cognitive Engineering laboratory focuses on utilizing cutting edge technology and science for applied training and assessment across military, medical, and civilian domains. Many of our systems use augmented reality (AR) technology to create effective training protocols. Our mission is to continue to advance the field of human factors through continued applied work in real world operational environments. We work with local and national organizations to help them solve their training, teamwork, and assessment needs through the application of experimental psychology and human factors.

 

Current Projects

TRACE Lab is involved in a multitude of human factors projects. Current funded projects include a set of research lines examining the effects of Augmented Reality (AR) for training in medical, military, and consumer systems; research examining information exchange via handoffs between pediatric hospitalists; and research examining the human factors needs in pre-hospital emergency care.

 

Current Sponsors

TRACE Laboratory is proud of its sponsors and academic/industry partners:

Sponsor Name: Optek/Fretlight Music Systems, Inc. – Project Name: Examining the effects of an augmented reality guitar learning system

Sponsor Name: Blue Cross Blue Shield – Project Name: Determining Optimal Handoff Protocols for the Transition of Patient Care

Partner Name: Army Research Laboratory Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate - Project Name: Examining the efficacy of augmented reality for Combat Identification Training

 

Recent Awards:

Wichita State University Undergraduate Student Research Grant
Title: Investigating the Efficacy of Augmented Reality Training for Combat Identification Tasks, $1,000
Role: Faculty Advisor

Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
Project Title: Determining Optimal Handoff Protocols for the Transition of Patient Care, $50,000
Role: Co-Investigator

 

Recent Publications:

Journal Articles

  1. Keebler, J.R., Wiltshire, T.J., Smith, D.C., Fiore, S.M., & Bedwell, J.S. (2014) Shifting the paradigm of music instruction: implications of embodiment stemming from an augmented reality guitar learning system. Front. Psychol. 5:471. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00471

  2. Keebler, J.R., Jentsch, F., & Schuster, D. (2014). The effects of video game experience and active stereoscopy on performance in combat identification tasks. Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

  3. Bohil, C.J., Higgins, N.A., & Keebler, J.R. (2014). Predicting and interpreting identification errors in military vehicle training using multidimensional scaling. Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2014.899631

  4. Keebler, J.R., Dietz, A.S., Lazzara, E.H., Benishek, L., Toor, P., Almeida, S., King, H., & Salas, E. (2014). Validation of a team perceptions measure to increase patient safety. British Medical Journal: Quality and Safety. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2013-001942

  5. Keebler, J.R., Jentsch, F., Sciarini, L.W., & Fincannon, T. (2013). Using physical 3D objects as training media for military vehicle identification. Journal of Ergonomics, 3(112), 1-5. Doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000112

  6. Fincannon, T., Keebler, J. R., Jentsch, F., & Curtis, M. (2013). The influence of camouflage, obstruction, familiarity, and spatial ability on target identification from an unmanned ground vehicle. Ergonomics, 56(5): 739-751.

 

Proceedings Papers

  1. Keebler, J.R., Diaz-Granados, D., & Smith, D.C. (2014, October). Learning team theories and measurement through the game Pandemic. Proceedings of the 58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL.
  1. Keebler, J.R., Lazzara, E.H., & Patzer, B. (2014). Building a simulated medical augmented reality training system. Proceedings of the 58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL.
  1. Patzer, B., Smith, D.C., Keebler, J.R. (2014, October). Novelty and retention for two augmented reality learning systems. Poster session presented at the 2014 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL.
  1. Wiltshire, T.J., Smith, D.C., & Keebler, J.R. (2013). Cybernetic teams: Team heuristics with intelligent robotic entities. Proceedings of the International Conference of Human Computer Interaction, Las Vegas, NV.
  1. Keebler, J.R., Wiltshire, T.J., Smith, D.C., & Fiore, S.M. (2013). Picking up STEAM: Educational implication for teaching with an augmented reality guitar learning system. Proceedings of the International Conference of Human Computer Interaction, Las Vegas, NV.
  1. Jansen, S., Chaparro, A., Palmer, E.P., & Keebler, J.R. (2013). Visual and cognitive predictors of speech intelligibility in noisy listening conditions. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Diego, CA: HFES.
  1. Higgins, N., Bohil, C., & Keebler, J.R. (2013). Object identification errors can be predicted from attention biases acquired during training. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Diego, CA: HFES.
  1. Dietz, A., Keebler, J.R., Lyons, B., Ramesh, V.C., & Salas, E. (2013). Developing an unmanned aerial system training: An event-based approach. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Diego, CA: HFES.
  1. Palmer, E.P., Keebler, J.R., Fouquet, S.D., Lazzara, E.H., Simmons, J.K., & Chan, R. (2013, March). Effects of interruption type and interruption attitudes on doctors’ and nurses’ feelings of being “overwhelmed”. Proceedings of the 3rd annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Healthcare Symposium. Baltimore, MD.
  1. Patzer, B., Lazzara, E.H., Keebler, J.R., & Salas, E. (2013, January). Perhaps it's time to consider a fresh start with anatomy: Simulated training using augmented reality technology. Paper presented at the 13th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, FL.

 

Personnel

Faculty

Dr. Joseph R. Keebler
428 Jabara Hall
Joseph.keebler@wichita.edu


Graduate Students

Dustin Smith
447 Jabara Hall
DCSmith@wichita.edu

Brady Patzer
447 Jabara Hall
BSPatzer@wichita.edu

 

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TRACE Lab, 2012
From left to right: Training Simulation; Participant interacting with an Augmented Reality vehicle