CV: Post Doctoral Researcher


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 Date Submitted:21-09-2015
 Last Modified:21-09-2015 (09:12)
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 Current job:Post Doctoral Researcher
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:>3months
 Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
 Keywordshuman centered design, human-in-the-loop testing, human-automation interaction, computational human performance modeling, lunar landing, piloting, mars, entry descent and landing
Human-Centered Systems Design; Huiman-Automation Interaction; Cognitive Engineering; Human-in-the-Loop Testing; Computational Human Performance Modeling; Aerospace Engineering.
US citizen. English (native); French (professional)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics (August 2013)
• “Quantitative Assessment of Human-System Interaction on Lunar Landing Design” (Committee: Dr. Karen M. Feigh*, Dr. Robert D. Braun, Dr. Chirold Epp, Dr. Amy R. Pritchett, Dr. Nick Patrick)
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (August 2009)
• “Analysis of Human-System Interaction for Landing Point Redesignation” (advised by Dr. Robert D. Braun, Dr. Karen M. Feigh)
Post-Doctoral Researcher (January 2014 – January 2016)
Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - SUPAERO (Toulouse, France)
• Human Factors lead for Project Modern Taxiing (MoTa)
• Assisting in design of new platform to improve taxiing operations for air traffic controllers
• Designing human-subject validation tests for the new platform
• Studying the effects of aging on hemodynamic activity in the prefrontal cortex in pilots
• Experience with functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), electrocardiography (ECG), and eyetracking
Graduate Research Assistant (August 2007 – July 2013)
Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
• Joint affiliation with the Cognitive Engineering Center and the Space Systems Design Laboratory
• NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellow in conjunction with NASA Johnson Space Center (2009-2012)
• Quantifying impact of human-automation interaction on landing performance for crewed space systems
• Modeling astronaut cognition and physiological reactions during lunar landing
• Developed three human-in-the-loop (HIL) experiments to evaluate performance in simulated environments (two internal, one with NASA Astronaut Office)
• Team member of preliminary Mars investigation of system-level impact of landing point designation 
Graduate Student Researcher (Summers 2009, 2010, 2011)
NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas, USA)
• Assisted human-system interface development for the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) project
• Developed models of astronaut cognition strategies during lunar landing
• Designed and implemented human-in-the-loop evaluation to observe crew performance in simulated landing scenario
• Proposed multifunctional flight display designs to assist crew during site selection
Guest Researcher (Summer 2010)
Technische Universität München (Munich, Bavaria, Germany)
• ThirdEye Camera Arm with the Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik 
• Analyzed human subject experiment results to determine ThirdEye Camera system effectiveness
• Designed human subject experiments for system validation
• Developed software tools and hardware apparatus to measure human performance during capturing & docking
Human-Systems Collaboration Intern (Summer 2006, 2008)
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
• Human-Systems Collaboration modeling on the ALHAT project and for a Littoral Combat Ship (Summer 2008)
• Refined task models accounting for crew decision-making and physical interaction with cockpit displays
• Approximated task completion time, human tasking efficiency, and system resource use 
• Systems architecture development of ALHAT (Summer 2006)
Langley Research Summer Scholar (Summer 2007)
NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia, USA)
• Developed supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator mass estimation tool
• Participated in Mars Architecture Working Group planning sessions for development of future Mars missions
• Cognitia Newsletter Editor, HFES Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making (Oct 2013 – present)
• Session chair, “Dynamic Decision Making”, HFES Annual Meeting 2015
• Member of the Organizing Committee for the 2f-NIRS 2nd Annual Conference (2014-2015)
• Reviewer for HFES Annual Meeting (2012 – present); Behaviour & Information Technology (2015), IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A (2012 – 2014); Ergonomics (2014)
• Judge, Spirit of Innovation Challenge in Aerospace & Aviation (2012 – present) 
• Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC) graduate fellow, 2012
• NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellow, 2009, 2010, 2011
• M.C. Canellas, K.M. Feigh, Z.K. Chua, “Accuracy and Effort of Decision Making Strategies with Incomplete Information: Implications for DSS Design”. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. Online since 01 May 2015. DOI: 10.1109/THMS.2015.2420575
• M. Wilde, Z. Chua, A. Fleischner, “Effects of Multi-Vantage Point Systems on the Teleoperation of Spacecraft Docking”. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 200-210, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/THMS.2013.2295298
• Z.K. Chua, M. Causse, M. Cousy, F. Andre, “Modulating Workload for Air Traffic Controllers during Airport Ground Operations”. 2015 HFES Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, USA. 26-October 2015. 
• Z.K. Chua, K.M. Feigh, “Cognitive Process Model of Astronaut Decision Making during Lunar Landing”. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2014 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

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