Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller
NASA Johnson Space Center · XI - Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES)

PhD in Aerospace Engineering

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October 2017 - present
NASA Johnson Space Center
Position
  • Engineer
August 2012 - August 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology
Position
  • Fellow

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Publications (30)
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Future human space exploration will include a variety of scientific investigations and pursuits that will require fieldwork. However, the current processes that scientists employ to complete their fieldwork in present-day terrestrial settings are not well documented and measures do not currently exist to quantify performance (e.g., work cadence/tim...
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What if one existing work domain could be leveraged to inform an instantiation of a second type of work domain? This is the question that informed a three year NASA-funded study, SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog), on the use of ocean science and exploration via telepresence as an analog for future human-ro...
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This work presents the results of a laboratory-based study of prototype decision support systems (DSS) for envisioned human extravehicular activity (EVA). A central feature of this work is demonstrating the explicit linkages between DSS design requirements derived from work domain demands with the validation and verification process to examine the...
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There is a synergistic relationship between analog field testing and the deep space telecommunication capabilities necessary for future human exploration. The BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) research project developed and implemented a telecommunications architecture that serves as a high-fidelity analog of future tel...
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Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) is a science-driven exploration program seeking to determine the best tools, techniques, training requirements, and execution strategies for conducting Mars-relevant field science under spaceflight mission conditions. BASALT encompasses Science, Science Operations, and Technology object...
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Future human missions to Mars are expected to emphasize scientific exploration. While recent Mars rover missions have addressed a wide range of science objectives, human extravehicular activities (EVAs), including the Apollo missions, have had limited experience with science operations. Current EVAs are carefully choreographed and guided continuous...
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The limitations placed upon human explorers on the surface of Mars will necessitate a methodology for scientific exploration that is different from standard approaches to terrestrial fieldwork and prior crewed exploration of the Moon. In particular, the data transmission limitations and communication latency between Earth and Mars create a unique s...
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Science-driven, human spaceflight missions of the future will rely on regular and interactive communication between Earth- and space-based teams during activity in which astronauts work directly on Mars or other planetary surfaces (extravehicular activity, EVA). The Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) project conducted si...
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The Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) research project is investigating tools, techniques, and strategies for conducting Mars scientific exploration extravehicular activity (EVA). This has been accomplished through three science-driven terrestrial field tests (BASALT-1, BASALT-2, and BASALT-3) during which the iterative...
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The articles associated with this Special Collection focus on the NASA BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) Research Program, which aims at answering the question, "How do we support and enable scientific exploration during human Mars missions?" To answer this the BASALT team conducted scientific field studies under simula...
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The construction of future technological systems in work domains that do not yet exist, known as the envisioned world problem, is an increasingly important topic for designers, particularly given the rapid rate of technological advancement in the modern era. This paper first discusses the theoretical underpinnings of using cognitive work analysis (...
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Human factors practitioners (HFPs) play many different roles in the design, creation, operation and maintenance of engineered systems. Less well known are the methods which are aimed at helping with the early stages of design, which are more systems-oriented and often involve questions of the concept of operation in which the engineered system will...
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This paper presents the research, design, and development efforts aimed at constructing next generation software that supports human extravehicular activity (EVA), commonly known as a spacewalk. EVA operations today rely on an extensive team of Earth-based flight controllers who actively monitor and direct EVA progress while maintaining crew and ve...
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Quantifying the operational variability of extravehicular activity (EVA) execution is critical to help design and build future support systems to enable astronauts to monitor and manage operations in deep-space, where ground support operators will no longer be able to react instantly and manage execution deviations due to the significant communicat...
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The design and adoption of decision support systems within complex work domains is a challenge for cognitive systems engineering (CSE) practitioners, particularly at the onset of project development. This article presents an example of applying CSE techniques to derive design requirements compatible with traditional systems engineering to guide dec...
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Human-automated systems are becoming ubiquitous in our society, from the one-on-one interactions of a driver and their automated vehicle to large-scale interactions of managing a world-wide network of commercial aircraft. Realizing the importance of effectively governing these human-automated systems, there been a recent renaissance of legal-ethica...
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NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) is an underwater spaceflight analog that allows a true mission-like operational environment and uses buoyancy effects and added weight to simulate different gravity levels. Three missions were undertaken from 2014–2015, NEEMO 18–20. All missions were performed at the Florida International Universi...
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Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA) has the potential to offer a contextually relevant, constraint-based perspective to the extravehicular activity (EVA) work domain, which is a proven critical component of human spaceflight. A work domain analysis (WDA) emphasizing the real-time execution of EVA is presented in this study as a first step towards establi...
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Future human spaceflight missions will face the complex challenge of performing human extravehicular activity (EVA) beyond the low Earth orbit (LEO) environment. Astronauts will become increasingly isolated from Earth-based mission support and thus will rely heavily on their own decision-making capabilities and onboard tools to accomplish proposed...
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The goal of this investigation is to understand the sizing and performance of supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for Earth-based sounding rocket applications. The recovery system under examination is composed of a supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator and a guided parafoil system to achieve sub-100 m miss distances. Three supers...
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This paper presents an assessment of a supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator for use on a sounding rocket payload bus structure for a high-altitude sample return mission. Three decelerator configurations, the tension cone, attached isotensoid, and the trailing isotensoid, were examined on the metrics of decelerator mass, aerodynamic perform...
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In this investigation, a parametric study for the preliminary design of an Earth atmospheric dust collection and recovery mission has been conducted. The scientific goal of this mission is to sample and recover mesospheric dust and particulate matter. Suborbital flight trajectories, vehicle configurations, and deceleration technologies were analyze...

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Projects (4)
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The analysis of cognition is central to advancing scientific knowledge about designing, but there remains a lack of clarity regarding the kinds of approaches that can generate robust knowledge about the cognitive basis of design. This Thematic Collection seeks to examine new analysis approaches and identify future research directions in this area. Download the latest papers here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/design-science/collections/the-future-of-design-cognition-analysis