NWO Complexity and Creative Industry Grant awarded to Travis Wiltshire

Travis Wiltshire acquired a grant together with Josette Gevers (TU/e) as part of the Complexity and Creative Industry program of NWO. More information can be found below and at the NWO site (in Dutch). The grant covers two PhD’s and workshops with the consortium partners.

Coordination and complexity: Augmenting team adaptive performance in crisis situations with wearable technology

Josette Gevers (TU/e) and Travis Wiltshire (TiU)

Wearable technology applications represent a crucial opportunity for providing teams with valuable, real-time feedback to support their effectiveness, especially in high-stakes crisis environments such as medical emergencies, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks. This is due to the fact that teams often have difficulty maintaining effective collaborative functioning during stressful events, yet current research has shown that the links between sensory data from team members reflect their teamwork effectiveness. This information could be an invaluable source of team support, particularly in circumstances where other means of support are limited. However, to date, the development of team-based wearable applications is hindered by a lack of scientific knowledge about what data are most meaningful and how to use them for team support and augmentation.

The proposed research aims to investigate coordination and complexity of interaction data from wearable sensors to provide professionals in the creative industries with actionable guidelines to develop wearable-based applications for monitoring and augmenting team collaboration and responsiveness during crises. We will investigate team coordination dynamics across multiple modalities (i.e., physiology, speech, motion) to determine how specific coordination dynamics (e.g., synchrony, contagion), and the transitions therein, could be used for assessing, monitoring, and eliciting effective team functioning of work teams in general, and those operating in crisis situations specifically. Subsequently, human-centered design will be used for developing and evaluating ways to monitor and augment team functioning and performance in real-life crisis scenarios as well as team training contexts.

Collaborators include: Josette Gevers (Eindhoven University of Technology), Travis Wiltshire (Tilburg University), Sonja Rispens (Eindhoven University of Technology), Max Louwerse (Tilburg University), Steven Voss (Eindhoven University of Technology).

Consortium members include Joyce Westerink (Phillips Research), Marijke Eurelings (Spaarne Gasthuis), Edwin Hammink (Rijnstate Simulation Center), Jan-Jaap Severs (Grendel Games)

Advisory Board: The advisory board holds the following members: dr. Ingrid van de Leemput, from the Institute of Advanced studies of the UvA and Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), who studies resilience of complex systems with alternative stable states and tipping points; Prof.dr. Steve Kozlowski, Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University, who specializes in the study of emergent team processes, in particular with respect to team adaptive performance for teams in extreme environments; dr. Robin Pierce, Associate professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), who has expertise in the areas of (medical) ethics and wearable technology. Consultation with the advisory board will take place at beginning and end of each study, as well as at critical points in the project that are yet to be determined.