Best Paper Awards


Sofia Scataglini

Sofia Scataglini, holds a PhD in Applied Science from Politecnico di Milano and Belgian Royal Military Academy.
She is full researcher at Belgian Royal Military Academy and Military Hospital Queen Astrid.
Sofia is the founder of the Digital Human Modeling by Women group (DHMW), which is dedicated to promoting women researchers around the world

Giuseppe Andreoni Johan Gallant
Giuseppe Andreoni is assistant professor at Industrial Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano. He is director on the Campus Point, and at the same time he is the coordinator of the Sensibilab (Biomedical Sensors and Systems Lab.) and of the LyPhE (Laboratory of Physical Ergonomics) at the INDACO (Industrial Design, Art, Communication and fashion) Dept. of the Politecnico di Milano. Johan Gallant obtained a PhD from the University of Franche-Comté and he was trainee at the French-German research institute of Saint-Louis (ISL). He is assistant professor in ballistics and weapon systems at Belgian Royal Military Academy (ABAL). He also teaches at the Dutch Defence Academy and at the Military Academy in Tunisia.

Beth Atkinson
Ms. Beth F. Wheeler Atkinson is a Senior Research Psychologist at NAWCTSD and a NAVAIR Associate Fellow. She has led several research and development efforts devoted to investigating capability enhancements for training and operational environments, and has successfully transitioned a post mission reporting and trend analysis tool that leverages automated performance measurement technology. Her research interests include instructional technologies (e.g., performance measurement, post-mission reporting/review), Human Computer Interaction (HCI)/user interface design and analysis, and aviation safety training and operations. She holds an M.A. in Psychology, Applied Experimental Concentration, from the University of West Florida.

John P. Killilea

Mitch Tindall

Emily Anania

John P. Killilea is a Research Psychologist supporting the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in the BATTLE Laboratory. He holds a Masters in Modeling & Simulation, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the same field at the University of Central Florida. Mitch Tindall, PhD, is a Research Psychologist at Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in the BATTLE Laboratory. His Ph.D. is in Industrial-Organization (I-O) Psychology from University of Central Florida (UCF).
Emily Anania is a Research Psychologist with Don Selvy Enterprises, Inc., working with the Naval Air and Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) She holds a Masters in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the same field.

Maryam Tabibzadeh
Dr. Maryam Tabibzadeh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management at the California State University, Northridge. She received her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Her research has been focused on risk analysis of human and organizational factors, along with technical elements, in complex safety-critical and technology-intensive industries, such as offshore drilling and healthcare. She has been able to present and publish papers in the areas of risk assessment and safety management, accident investigation, and interoperability analysis of multiple emergency response agencies in different peer-reviewed conferences and journals both in the context of oil and gas industry and healthcare settings.

Sebastian Wille Ms. Anjana Muralidharan is a recent Master’s graduate in Engineering Management from the California State University, Northridge. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Anjana has conducted some voluntary research in the fields of root cause analysis and quality management. In addition, Human Resource Management is one of her areas of interest for future work.


Praveen Damacharla
Praveen Damacharla received the B.Tech., degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Koneru Lakshmaiah College of Engineering affiliated to Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, A.P., India, in 2012, and is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA. He is currently a Research Assistant with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Toledo. His research interests include Human-Machine Teaming, Human factors, Machine learning, Autonomous synthetic assistants and applied robotics. Mr. Damacharla was the recipient of Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2015 award presented by College of Engineering, The University of Toledo. He was also the recipient of the 2016 Advanced Leadership Academy scholarship from College of Business and Innovation, University of Toledo.

Ahmad Y. Javaid
Ahmad Y. Javaid received his B.Tech. (Hons.) Degree in Computer Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree from The University of Toledo in 2015 along with the prestigious University Fellowship Award. Previously, he worked for two years as Scientist Fellow in Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Vijay K. Devabhaktuni
Vijay K. Devabhaktuni received the B.Eng. degree in EEE and the M.Sc. degree in physics from BITS, Pilani, in 1996, and the Ph.D. in electronics from Carleton University, Canada, in 2003. From 2003 to 2004, he held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of the Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship and spent the tenure researching with the University of Calgary.

Jette Selent
Jette Selent studied Human Factors at Technische Universität Berlin after completing her degree in psychology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Thanks to her academic background and sound knowledge on topics like human-machine interaction, usability, user experience, and design thinking, she is now working as a User Experience Researcher in the software industry.

Michael Minge
Michael Minge studied psychology at Freie Universität Berlin and Human Factors at Technische Universität Berlin. He received a doctoral degree in engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. His research interests focus on user-centered design, usability engineering, user experience, gamification, and emotions in HCI. Currently, he is postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universität Berlin and works on the development of medical devices supporting mobility.