Dr Iya Whiteley

Dr Iya Whiteley

Iya is a Deputy Director of the Centre for Space Medicine at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL. Iya is at the forefront of applied research, developing methods to explore and realise human potential. Iya is developing and designing interaction with people, technology and the environment to improve quality of life. 

Iya recently went through the Astronaut Instructors training course at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC). At EAC Iya worked as a Human Behaviour Performance Specialist and contributed to the development of the Human Behaviour Performance course for the new European Astronaut corp. Iya lead and continuing to support ESA funded project, Expert Tool to Support Crew Autonomous Operations in Complex Human Spacecraft. She directed ESA Study on the development of Technology and Techniques for Psychological Support of the crew during exploration missions to the Moon and Mars. The results of these projects and the MoD anti-terrorism project lead to the production of video training courses.

Iya also was a part of an International Technology Alliance (ITA) in Network and Information Science US-UK collaboration team, developing tools that will help overcome linguistic and cultural miscommunication in a military coalition environment. Iya’s research and development expertise also extent into the design of Humanoid Robots and development of Human-Robot Interactions applied design concepts that can enhance human abilities and allow operation in otherwise novel and extreme environment.

Brief Professional Background

Iya is a broadly qualified Human Computer Interaction and Cognitive System Engineer with over 12 years experience in the aerospace domain and background in Clinical Psychology, Multicultural Crew selection, Interface and Cockpit Design. At the Marshall Aerospace Design Office she composed and applied practical Cognitive Engineering training programs for all levels of Engineers, and oversaw Human Machine Interface issues in the conversion modifications of a C130H Hercules aircraft into a modern glass cockpit design. Iya’s PhD, University of Bath, Computer Science Department, lead to development of a method to design a modern aircraft cockpit as a coherent, intuitive and fully integrated information workspace. She adapted a unique method of studying operators’ information demand and information processing strategies in a real-world operating environment to understand pilots’ cognitive processes and to inform intuitive display design. At Emirates Airlines, Iya conducted psychometric evaluation during the recruitment process of aircrew from over 70 nationalities. Iya attended Airbus 320 pilot conversion courses from conventional to glass cockpit aircraft and gained knowledge of modern aircrafts through computer based training on Boeing 777 and Hercules C130J. 

Iya was a on Steering committee for Space Psychology and Human-Machine Systems group on THESEUS program representing UK ("Towards Human Exploration of Space: A EUropean Strategy"), funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme - (FP7) to develop integrated life science research roadmap.  Iya is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK Space Biomedicine Association the Association of Aviation Psychologists, the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments and of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety. Iya was on the team of an ESA Research Topical Team, investigating Psychosocial and Neurobehavioural Aspects of Human Spaceflight. She also a trained pilot, rescue scuba diver and a skydiver.

Publications

Whiteley I: Expert Tool to Support Crew Autonomous Operations in Complex Human Spacecraft. Technical Report 1 (21584/08/NL/HE), January 2009, Bristol, UK.

Whiteley I & Bruseberg A: CET IO - Iterative Design for a Complex Human Spacecraft Problem Solving Tool. Technical Report 2 (21584/08/NL/HE), April 2009, Bristol, UK.

Whiteley I & Bruseberg A: CET IO - Requirements for a Complex Human Spacecraft Problem Solving Tool. Technical Note 3 (21584/08/NL/HE), June 2009, Bristol, UK.

Whiteley I: CET IO - Design and Evaluation of a Complex Human Spacecraft Problem Solving Tool. Technical Note 4 (21584/08/NL/HE), September 2009, Bristol, UK.

Whiteley I, Bogatyreva O, Johnson C, Wolff M, & Townend M: Human Mission to Mars: Designing a Crew Expert Tool for a Safety Critical Environment. In: Proceedings of the 3rd The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference, ‘Building a safer space together’, 21-23 October 2008, Rome, Italy.

Whiteley I, Bogatyreva O, Johnson C, Wolff M, & Townend M: A Structured Approach to Scenario Generation for the Design of Crew Expert Tool. In: Proceedings of the 3rd The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference, ‘Building a safer space together’, 21-23 October 2008, Rome, Italy.

Whiteley I & Bogatyreva O: Human Moon and Mars Exploration Mission Challenges & Tools for Psychological Support. In: Proceedings of the 59th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September – 3 October, 2008, Glasgow, Scotland.

Poteet S, Patel P, Giammanco C, Whiteley I, Xue P & Kao A: Words Are Mightier Than Swords … and Yet Miscommunication Costs Lives!  In: Proceedings of the ACITA 2008, September, 2008, London, England.

Larsson, A, Whiteley I and Kao, A: A Multidimensional Approach to Studying Cultural Differences and Coping Strategies in a Multinational Coalition Environment. In:  Proceedings of the 13th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, 17-19 June 2008, WA, USA.

Poteet S, Xue P, Patel J, Kao A, Giammanco C and Whiteley I: Linguistic Sources of Coalition Miscommunication. In: Proceedings of the NATO RTO-MP-HFM-142 Adaptability in Coalition Teamwork. 21-23 April 2008. Copenhagen, Denmark, (in press).

Solodilova-Whiteley, I: Tools for Psychological Support during Exploration Missions: Psychological Challenges, Constraints and Existing Solutions. Technical Report 1 (ESA 20257/06/NL/EK), February 2007, SEA, Bristol, UK.

Solodilova-Whiteley, I: Psychological Support during Exploration Missions: EPSILON (Embedded Psychological Support Integrated for Long-duration) Baseline Architecture. Technical Report 2 (ESA 20257/06/NL/EK), July 2007, SEA, Bristol, UK.

Solodilova-Whiteley, I: Tools for Psychological Support during Exploration Missions: Workshop Summary. Technical Report 3 (ESA 20257/06/NL/EK), June 2007, SEA, Bristol, UK.

Solodilova-Whiteley, I: EPSILON: Recommendations and Development Plan. Technical Report 4 (ESA 20257/06/NL/EK), December 2007, SEA, Bristol, UK.

Solodilova-Whiteley I (Ed): Proceedings workshop on Tools for Psychological Support during Exploration Missions to Mars and Moon, 26 March 2007, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. (ESA 20257/06/NL/EK) ESA & SEA.

Solodilova I and Galster S: “Information optimization for the UMV operator interface.” In: Proceedings of the NATO RTO-MP-HFM-135  Human Factors of Uninhabited Military Vehicles as Force Multipliers. September 2006, Biarritz, France, [CD-ROM].

Solodilova I and Johnson P: “Uncovering the Information Needs in Complex Aerospace Systems”. In: The Journal of the Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2006: 19, pp. 1566-1575.   

Solodilova-Whiteley, I: “Ph.D. Dissertation: A Design Strategy for Human-System Integration in  Aerospace: Where to start and how to design Information Integration for Dynamic, Time and Safety Critical Systems”  In Department of Computer Science, University of Bath Technical Report Series,  CSBU-2006-12, July 2006, ISSN 1740-9497

Solodilova I, Lintern G, and Johnson P: ‘’A Mind-Reference Framework for Design and Evaluation of Intuitive and Natural Interfaces’’ In: Jensen R, (Ed), Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 18-21 April, 2005, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, [CD-ROM]

Solodilova I, and Johnson P: “Uncovering the Information Needs in Complex Aerospace Systems.” In: Johnson C, (Ed): Proceedings of the Workshop on the Complexity in Design and Engineering (CiD 2005), 10-12th 2005, University of Glasgow, UK

Solodilova I and Johnson P: “Mind References’ in the Glass Cockpit: An Experimental Study.” Submitted to the HCI Aero 2004, 29 September - 1 October 2004 in Toulouse, France, organized by The European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering.

Solodilova I, Lintern G, and Johnston N: ‘’The Modern Commercial Cockpit As a Multi-Dimensional, Information-Action Workspace.’’ In: Jensen R, (Ed), Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 14-17 April, 2003, Dayton, Ohio, USA, pp. 1096-1101.

Solodilova I and Bruseberg A: “Information integration in the glass cockpit.” In: Proceedings of the HCI Aero 2002, 23-25 October 2002, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, pp 222-223.

Bruseberg A, Solodilova I, Hourizi R, and Johnson P: “A framework for re-examining accident reports to support interaction design processes.” In: Johnson C, (Ed), Proceedings of the Workshop on the Investigation and Reporting of Incidents and Accidents (IRIA 2002), 17th - 20th July 2002, University of Glasgow. available from: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/iria2002/IRIA_2002.pdf

Hourizi R, Johnson P, Bruseberg A, Solodilova I: “Modelling Collaborative Work in UML.” In: Johnson C (ed.): Proceedings of the 21st European Annual Conference on Human Decision Making and Control (EAM 2002), 15th - 16th July 2002, University of Glasgow. available from: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/eam2002/EAM_2002.pdf  

Elliott G, Crawford J, Solodilova I, Sanderson P, & Naikar N. (2000). Comparison of Adversarial Crew Cognitive Walkthrough vs Cued Debrief Recall Techniques for Eliciting Information in a D3M environment. Proceedings of the 2000 Annual Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of the Ergonomics Society of Australia (OzCHI2000). Sydney, Australia. December 4-8.

Solodilova I.  (1999). Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Unpublished M.Clin.Psych. Thesis, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis. 

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