Just a few weeks after the previous post about the T&E course as Pax River, the COVID-19 shutdown impacted operations. Previously, I was accustomed to frequent travel - not necessarily every week, but probably averaging three trips a month. This had gone on for many years. Working in this field requires interaction with users, and other meetings best conducted in person. But we all rapidly shifted to on-line meetings, more phone calls, and various innovative ways to keep the work going from home. The working from home part was relatively straightforward, as I had been mostly working from home (when not on travel) for several years. But starting in mid-March 2020, it was all working from home! Across my different projects: one used WebEx, one Zoom, and one Teams. So I got to experience the best and worst of all three systems. I did not travel by air from the second week of March, 2020, until the very end of October, 2020. Counting that trip, I've only traveled by air
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LSE presented a workshop on "Questionnaire Writing", a tailored version of the more general workshop on T&E for Workload, Situation Awareness, and Usability. The workshop was one and a half days, Wednesday - Thursday morning. We had 20 (+1) in attendance and expect to have more follow-up activities with this branch at PAX.
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2019 was another great year for LSE. LSE is a subcontractor to RED, Inc for NAVAIR, and to STC for ONR. The MAC-E OMI work continued full pace, expanding to include mission planning software as well as the operational software. The Accelerated Command and Control (AC2) project completed its first phase. LSE activities also supported development and capture of an award for Problem Solutions, Inc (a SBIR project called Rapid Mobile Authoring Toolkit, or RMAT), and an award for STC (Rules of Engagement, Commander's Intent, and Transfer of Authority Language, or RECITAL). New opportunities emerged with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU) related to advanced audio technology, and several new opportunities with Problem Solutions. I was named Fellow by IARIA in 2019. During 2019 I also continued to publish at national and international conferences. In July, I attended the Human Social Analytics (HUSO) conference and presented a paper: Folds, D.J