Katelynn A. Kapalo

Katelynn A. Kapalo
University of Nebraska at Omaha | UN Omaha · Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis

Modeling & Simulation, Ph.D.

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor at UNO. I am also a contract instructor for the U.S. Fire Administration (UFSA) National Fire Academy. I completed a postdoc with Brown University supporting NIST's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. Previously, I worked in the defense industry as a Research Psychologist for the U.S. Navy and as a Research Statistician for Orange County Fire Rescue Department in Orange County, FL
Additional affiliations
May 2020 - May 2021
Brown University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2018 - October 2019
NAWCTSD
Position
  • Research Psychologist
January 2016 - present
University of Central Florida
Position
  • Medical Professional
Education
August 2016 - December 2020
University of Central Florida
Field of study
  • Modeling & Simulation
August 2014 - December 2015
University of Central Florida
Field of study
  • Modeling & Simulation
May 2009 - August 2012
University of Central Florida
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (22)
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Every year, structure fires account for billions of dollars in property damage and injuries to firefighters and civilians. Emerging technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) have been identified to assist in mitigating the loss of life and property, but they have not been fully evaluated. The goal of this work is to clearly identi...
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The cognitive demands and skills required of a fire engine company when assessing the scene of an incident and the systems they use to manage this information are a matter of life or death. We conducted a case study with an entire fire battalion in Florida (35 firefighters at varying levels of command) to assess their routine technology needs. Usin...
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In a fire suppression operation, seconds can mean the difference between a fatality or successful incident management. There have not been many recent studies that examine the information, tools, and technologies firefighters rely upon to gather facts about the incident scene before arrival. We conducted an international, web-based survey in which...
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Due to rapid advances in technology, particularly location-based services, there has been an increase in the availability of self-reporting hazard tools and mobile applications. However, many challenges remain in understanding stakeholders’ perceptions of community risk reduction (CRR) information systems and the impact these self-reports have on e...
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High-profile structure fires, like the Los Angeles Cannabis Oil Warehouse Fire in 2020, have demonstrated that the quality of the information provided to firefighters arriving on the scene of an emergency is a matter of life or death. It has been suggested that access to structural information like electronic building plans or unmanned aerial vehic...
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Building construction and building layout represent two key critical pieces of information for a fire suppression operation. However, fireground incident commanders (FGCs) frequently do not have access to critical, updated information about a structure, including details that could potentially support more effective response. This gap in the inform...
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First responders work in high-hazard environments that can rapidly change, endangering life and threatening property. Due to the costs and potential dangers of testing and evaluating technology in hazardous conditions, technology developers and designers identified virtual reality (VR) as a potential medium for training emergency response since VR...
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Human-to-human telepresence is rising to mainstream use, and there is opportunity to provide rich experiences through novel interactions. While previous systems are geared towards situations where two users are previously acquainted, or provide channels for verbal communication, our work focuses on situations where audio is not desirable or availab...
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The cyber landscape continues to evolve regularly due to the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). IT/OT convergence refers to the concept that real-time data collected is merged with the systems that monitor and drive organizations' operational aspects, creating a new way in which industry and enterprise organ...
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Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) often serve dual roles in their communities as both emergency medical providers and fire-fighters. Therefore, the demands and needs of these providers are different than those working directly in a hospital emergency room or medical office. Medics are required to treat a patient in less than ideal...
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In a fire suppression operation, seconds can mean the difference between a fatality or successful incident management. There have not been many recent studies that examine the information, tools, and technologies firefighters rely upon to gather facts about the incident scene before arrival. We conducted an international, web-based survey in which...
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This work presents a comparison of two applications (AugmentedReality (AR) and desktop) to author Scenario-Based Training (SBT)simulations. Through an iterative design process two interface conditions are developed and then evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. A graph based authoring visualization help designers understand the scenario learn...
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Interactive simulation is one of the most prominent methods used to train and measure learning outcomes across multiple disciplines. Despite the ubiquity of simulation-based training in a variety of domains including nursing, serious games, military operations, etc., there is a paucity of research on how simulation experience is defined and how ind...
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We present an exploratory study to assess the benefits of using Augmented Reality (AR) in training sports rule comprehension. Soccer is the chosen context for this study due to the wide range of complexity in the rules and regulations. Observers must understand and holistically evaluate the proximity of players in the game to the ball and other vis...
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As research on teams becomes increasingly sophisticated, scientists face challenges related to understanding collaboration at multiple levels of analysis, beyond that of the individual or the group alone. Grounded in Hackman’s work on interaction and levels of analysis, this chapter explores theory development for understanding team collaboration f...
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Using research in social cognition as a foundation, the present study examined the degree to which mental state attributions are influenced by rapid versus reflective judgment. We observed differences in response times and did not find significant differences in the accuracy of mental state attributions. Results indicated that participants perceive...
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*HFES 2016 Cognitive Engineering Technical Group Best Student Paper - 3rd place* Robotic teammates are becoming prevalent in increasingly complex and dynamic operational and social settings. For this reason, the perception of robots operating in such environments has transitioned from the perception of robots as tools, extending human capabilities...
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In order to create effective human-robot teams, robots must possess social capabilities that match the expectations of their human teammates. However the ability of robots to approximate human capacities is limited due to technological constraints. Human-animal teams have thus been suggested as a suitable analog for modeling teaming between humans...
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Robotic teammates are becoming prevalent in increasingly complex and dynamic operational and social settings. For this reason, the perception of robots operating in such environments has transitioned from the perception of robots as tools, extending human capabilities, to the perception of robots as teammates, collaborating with humans and displayi...
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Human-robot teaming largely relies on the ability of machines to respond and relate to human social signals. Prior work in Social Signal Processing has drawn a distinction between social cues (discrete, observable features) and social signals (underlying meaning). For machines to attribute meaning to behavior, they must first understand some probab...
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The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) replicate the results of Phan, Jardina, Hoyle, and Chaparro (2012), and 2) extend their work on video gamers by understanding how female and male hardcore gamers differ from those who play casually, as well as examine the differences between hardcore gamers. Two hundred and twenty-five undergraduate student...

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