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Orlando Chapter Meeting - Engineering a Joint Cognitive System: Lesson Learned During the Development of the Trajectory Recovery System

  • Date:
    May 19, 2016 - 05:45 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Address: 3039 Technology Parkway
  • Location: Orlando, FL USA
  • Venue:
    Partnership III, Room 233
Dinner & Networking: 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Chapter Business: 6:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Presentation: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend. If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at

Commercial aviation continues to be a safe and efficient means of transportation. In fact, it has been labeled as “ ultra-safe”. As an example of the reliability of this complex aviation system, during the last 10 years (2005-2014) worldwide commercial aviation has a rate of around 5 accident related fatalities per 10 million departures.  Yet improvements can still be made; one type of aviation accident that has been somewhat resistant to safety mitigation efforts is In-flight Loss of Control (ILOC). ILOC continues to be the leading cause of aviation fatalities, capturing 42% percent of the total accident fatalities. A solution is required; however, technology -centered solutions may not be effective in addressing system-wide instigators and behaviors—ILOC is not purely a technological problem, nor is it solely a human failure. Therefore, system analysis and engineering efforts must consider joint cognition. Thus, a Human-Centered solution, with its focus on system-wide analysis and joint cognitive systems, has been proposed. A human-agent model for interaction is critical to overall system performance; thus, the system architecture should provide for fluid multi-agent interaction for optimum aerospace system vehicle performance. This discussion will address the development of the Trajectory Recovery System (TRS)—from conceptualization, formalization, and selection of design options. We will review prototyping history, and the aerodynamically optimized algorithm animating TRS.  Principles of engineering joint cognitive systems will be synthesized and summarized.

CAPT Nicholas Kasdaglis, USAF (Ret.)

Captain Nicholas Kasdaglis is President of TOP Interactive Design.  He is a retired USAF C-5 Galaxy pilot and PhD Candidate at Florida Institute of Technology’s Human Centered Design Institute where he explores the design and use of complex systems. His work seeks to facilitate integration of system resilience into overall system design for safety, efficiency, and comfort. His present research aims to improve aviation safety by reducing In-Flight Loss of Control Events, utilizing Human Centered Design (HCD),  Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and Human Factors Engineering (HFE) methods. Additionally, his work with the Army Research Laboratory, Human Research & Engineering Directorate contributed to understanding and implementing successful Human Agent Teaming.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite by Tuesday, May 17 to be registered for our monthly meeting. There is no cost to attend and dinner is provided courtesy of INCOSE Orlando chapter with RSVP.

‚Äč Attendance:
The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend. If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at