Teaming with Automation

Panel Members

Dr. John Flach

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Wright State University
Personal Website

John Flach received his Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from The Ohio State University in 1984. After more than 30 years teaching and supervising graduate research in universities (Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana, Wright State University), he joined Mile Two, a custom software development company as a Senior Cognitive Systems Engineer. In 2023, John left Mile Two to pursue independent consulting work. John has written extensively about Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) and Ecological approaches to human performance and design (including 3 co-authored books; 3 co-edited books; and more than 180 archival publications).  See John’s author page on Amazon for access to his books:

Dr. Martijn IJtsma (Moderator)

Assistant Professor
Integrates Systems Engineering Department
The Ohio State University

Martijn IJtsma is an assistant professor in the Integrated Systems Engineering department at the Ohio State University. He received a BSc and MSc degree in aerospace engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and a PhD degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His research examines operations of heterogeneous multi-agent systems in naturalistic, high-complexity environments and addresses fundamental questions related to how human and AI/robot capabilities can best be integrated to improve the safety and resilience of high-stakes operations. This research is applied in a variety of domains, including smart mobility, air traffic management, spaceflight operations, and disaster response. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2023.


Dr. Emily Patterson

College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Dr. Patterson’s research on bar code medication administration and clinical reminders was identified by the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality, the VA, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society as seminal in identifying negative unintended consequences associated with the implementation of health information technology.

Her direction is to improve the efficiency, usability, and accuracy of clinical documentation in electronic health records by care providers in hospitals and outpatient clinics by applying human factors methodologies such as workflow analysis, cognitive task analysis, and usability evaluations. In addition, she is interested in preventing unintended use of networked information technologies by improving defensive strategies for cyber-attacks.

Dr. Philip J. Smith

Emeritus Professor
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University

Philip J. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is recognized as a leader in research on air traffic flow management, airline operations control, collaborative decision making (CDM) and the design of distributed work systems in the National Airspace System (NAS), as well as in the design of systems for the integrated management of airport surface and airspace constraints. He has extensive expertise in cognitive systems engineering, human factors engineering, artificial intelligence and human-automation interaction, applied to both the design and evaluation of distributed work systems.

His research has included work on NASA and FAA initiatives involving departure and arrival flow management, airspace flow programs, collaborative routing, airport surface management, metroplex design, Trajectory Based Operations and the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the NAS.

His awards include: OSU College of Engineering MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching; FAA/Industry Collaborative Decision Making Program “Orange Award” for Outstanding Service to Air Traffic Flow Management; Air Traffic Control Association David J. Hurley Memorial Award for Research in Collaborative Decision Making; Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Fellow, International Aviation Psychology Symposium; National Aviation Safety Award – Airline Dispatchers Federation; Best Paper in Human Factors; and Best Paper Award, Air Traffic Control Association Conference.