Laura Smith-Velazquez

Laura Smith-Velazquez
Charles River Analytics · Human-Centered Intelligent Systems

Masters of Science Human Factors & Systems, Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Science

About

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3 Research Items
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Introduction
Laura Smith-Velazquez is a research engineer & technologist with broad domain experience in aviation and aerospace, focused on Human Systems Integration and Autonomous Systems design. Laura was Principal Investigator on the NASA Sonic Boom Display to enable commercial supersonic transport over land and on NASA Information Management Decision Support for flight deck energy state awareness and predictive alerting creating intelligent flight deck technology.
Additional affiliations
August 2012 - August 2020
Collins Aerospace
Position
  • Systems Engineer
Description
  • Captured $20M+ in project proposals as Principal Investigator and HSI significant contributor by developing and leading HSI programs to reduce risk, increase operator effectiveness, and providing creative research solutions for increasingly autonomous systems and supersonics making Collins Aerospace leaders in these new and emerging markets. 2020 AISES Technical Excellence Award & 2020 NASA Langley Group Achievement Award. Led remote/global research teams for 8 years.
May 2010 - August 2012
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Position
  • Systems Engineer
Description
  • Designed human-computer interfaces for a variety of air traffic control applications for En-route Air Traffic Modernization (ERAM) program; successfully met design, prototype, and demonstration goals for a 15-month program in 12 months with extra tasks. Major projects included Data Position Upgrade and Airborne Reroute.
January 2007 - May 2010
Textron
Position
  • Engineer
Description
  • Human Factors (HF) & Systems Safety (SS) Program lead / Army / Marine customer interface for Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (TUAS); instrumental in repairing customer relationships. Created and implemented Human Factors and Systems Safety program. Evaluated systems and operator tasks, identifying operator needs and technology for future development. RQ-7 Shadow, Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS), Bidirectional Remote Video Terminal (BDRVT) Aerosonde UAV, One System Remote Video Terminal
Education
May 2000 - January 2006
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Field of study
  • Human Factors & Systems
August 1994 - May 2000
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Field of study
  • Aeronautical Science - Minor Meteorology & Aviation Safety

Publications

Publications (6)
Conference Paper
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Synthetic vision systems are becoming common in the business jet community. The perspective display of terrain information provides a display of complex information in a visual manner that pilots are accustomed to. Research and flight testing is underway to allow low noise supersonic business jet operations. Widespread acceptance will require regul...
Conference Paper
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Autonomous Systems (AS) have been increasingly investigated for safety, aviation , medical, and military applications with different degrees of autonomy. Autonomy involves the implementation of adaptive algorithms (artificial intelligence and/or adaptive control technologies). Advancing autonomy involves transferring more of the decision-making to...
Chapter
Chapter reviews pertinent issues concerning advanced automation technology across a wide variety of systems. It addresses the nature of aging as it relates to advanced technological systems and draws conclusions on current and future trends of automation technology as they apply to aging population.

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Projects

Projects (3)
Project
Develop a framework and techniques, applied to an Increasingly Autonomous (IA) example in UAM, which will demonstrate a repeatable approach to verifying and validating IA systems with novel role allocations. Task 1: Scope relevant IA example and document related operational concept. Task 2: Develop framework and techniques for conducting safety assessment.
Project
Analyze, design, and develop methods and architectures to integrate information onboard the aircraft to improve the performance and thus quality of the flight crew hazard and state awareness for a subset of “ineffective alerting” and “invalid source data” problems. Develop: (1) methods to keep the automation going (automation continuity); (2) methods to perform aircraft state prediction, identify potential hazardous or other off-nominal situations, and notify the flight crew.