Frank Durso received his B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon and his Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook. He is currently a professor of Engineering Psychology at Georgia Tech and Director of the Cognitive Ergonomics Lab. He is Editor of Wiley’s Handbook of Applied Cognition and co-author of Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes. He has been on the editorial boards of Human Factors, Air Traffic Control Quarterly, and Cognitive Technology, and currently is associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. Frank has worked with the FAA studying cognitive processes in air traffic control for the past 20 years.

Monitoring NextGen
NextGen promises to make the job of the Air Navigation Service Providers of the future different from the job of today’s air traffic controller. One anticipated change in NextGen is that the ANSP will engage in more monitoring and less active control. Conducting research in an environment that does not yet exist can be difficult. I’ll report on some work conducted on NextSim, a low fidelity simulator developed at Georgia Tech. Participants were asked to monitor flow corridor traffic for automation failures under different supervisory control conditions.