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Psychology Professor Presents Research at National Exhibition in Washington

By Noell Saunders

Jing Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Old Dominion University, recently presented her research on how human-factors psychology can contribute to safe autonomous driving at the 25th annual Coalition for National Science Funding in Washington, D.C.

Chen's research focuses on the fundamental principles of human performance and decision making, and applying these principles to cybersecurity and human-automation interaction problems.

"It is important to recognize that machine systems designed without considering human factors can lead to deaths, injuries and economic loss caused by human error," Chen said.

The Coalition for National Science Funding is an alliance of more than 130 professional organizations, universities and businesses united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics and engineering enterprise. The alliance supports increasing investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the scientific, technological and economic opportunities in the United States.

Chen manages the University's Human-Automation Collaboration Lab, which helps students solve problems such as risk communication in the cyber space and safety issues in human-automation systems.

Prior to arriving at Old Dominion in 2017, Chen served an assistant professor of engineering psychology at New Mexico State University. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and a master's in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

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