SJSU Supports NASA-Ames Human Factors Research
Long before the National
Transportation Safety Board identified crew fatigue
in 1992 as a primary contributor to aviation accidents,
SJSU researchers were collaborating with NASA
scientists to investigate the role of human error
in flight accidents and air transportation safety.
According to Kevin
Jordan, SJSU Professor of Psychology and Project
Director of several cooperative agreements with
NASA based at the Ames Research Center in Moffett
Field, it has been the University's focus on applied
research and its ability to adapt to NASA's and
the aviation industry's changing needs that have
sustained this 30-plus year relationship.
Among the human factors
examined by Jordan's 100-member research team
are crew decision-making and communication, fatigue
countermeasures, visual and auditory motion perception,
and human-systems integration. A recent product
of this long-standing partnership is NASA's Taxiway
Navigation and Situation Awareness (T-NASA) system,
a suite of cockpit displays that provides critical
navigation and situational awareness information
to pilots in order to increase safety and efficiency
on airport taxiways and runways.
The NASA-Ames Research
Center has invested over $50 million since the
inception of its research partnership with San
José State University. Today, three cooperative
agreements that provide $7.1 million in funding
enable the investigation of human automation integration,
human information management, and system safety
research all focused on making scientific
contributions to safer air travel.
For more information
contact Professor Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.