Barrett S. Caldwell

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Barrett S. Caldwell is Professor of Industrial Engineering (and Aeronautics & Astronautics, by courtesy) at Purdue. His PhD (Univ. of California, Davis, 1990) is in Social Psychology, and BS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Humanities (MIT, 1985). His research team is the Group Performance Environments Research (GROUPER) Laboratory. GROUPER examines and improves how people get, share, and use information well in settings including aviation, critical incident response, healthcare, and spaceflight operations. Prof. Caldwell has over 200 scientific publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters.

He was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES, the leading scientific body in this area in the US and one of the premier ergonomics societies in the world). Prof. Caldwell was also asked to co-organize the 2008 session on Cognitive Ergonomics for the National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) conference. (He was also a participant in the 2003 US FOE, and the 2006 German-American FOE, conferences.) His work demonstrates a fundamentally interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach to learning, exchanging, and applying knowledge.

During his 2010-11 participation as a member of the Purdue Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, Prof. Caldwell developed and extended a model of university-industry partnerships, highlighting campus and corporate tensions to manage intellectual property portfolios and knowledge worker skill sets. In 2011, he was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar. From August 2016 through August 2017, he served in Washington, DC as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Japanese Affairs.


Purdue Affiliations

Service to Academic and Professional Communities

Awards and Honors

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Primary GROUPER Streams

Performance Enhancement Resources for Comprehensive Healthcare (PERCH): The primary mission of the PERCH research stream is to improve the efficient and timely availability of information, to enhance the quality and safety of healthcare delivery among healthcare consumers, providers, and services. Over the past 10 years, Prof. Caldwell's efforts in this research area have generated over $200,000 in principal investigator funding, ongoing participation in the development and activity of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, and lecturing and advising with the Canadian Organisation of Medical Physicists.

Spaceport Tools and Information for Near-earth and Ground Resource AnalYsis (STINGRAY): The primary mission of the STINGRAY research stream is to analyze, develop, and enhance documentation, mission planning, management, and monitoring of checkout, launch, and in-space phases of human spaceflight missions. Over the past 10 years, this research area has generated over $400,000 in principal investigator funding (and co-investigator participation in over $300,000 in additional funding) by Prof. Caldwell, from sources such as NASA and the United Space Alliance.

Systems for Human-centered Access to Resources and Knowledge (SHARK): The primary mission of the SHARK research stream is to develop useful analytical models of how people can access, coordinate, and enhance information resources in complex environments. This basic and fundamental research area has nonetheless resulted in over $150,000 in principal investigator funding for Prof. Caldwell's work.

Selected publications

A Community-Based Information Technology Services Determination of GIS User Information Needs (Journal of Terrestrial Observation: 1, (2), art 7., 2008)

Cognitive Challenges to Resilience Dynamics in Managing Large-Scale Event Response (Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 2014)
Meadows on the Way to Mars: Creating Future Spaceflight Capabilities (World Futures Review, 2015)
Data Integration and Knowledge Coordination for Planetary Exploration Traverses. (Human Interface and the Management of Information: Applications and Services Part II, 2016)
Community Health Integration through Pharmacy Process and Ergonomics Redesign (Ergonomics, 2017)
Remote Physiological Monitoring in a Mars Analog Field Setting (IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 2018)
Supporting Advances in Human-System Coordination through Simulation of Diverse, Distributed Expertise (Systems, 2018)
A bootstrap method for the analysis of physiological data in uncontrolled settings (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2019)
Remote physiological monitoring in a Mars Analog field setting (IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 2019)