Introducing Jocelyn Dunn
IE PhD candidate Jocelyn Dunn participated in NASA’s eight-month Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 3 to study factors that affect team performance.
From October 2014 to June 2015, Dunn lived with five other “crew members” in a domed habitat on a volcanic Hawaiian landscape simulating life on a Martian outpost. The HI-SEAS program focused on the study of social, interpersonal and cognitive factors that affect team performance during long-duration space travel and missions. It was part of a human performance study funded by NASA, “an immersive environment that is analogous to living on the planet Mars,” according to Dunn.
Dunn’s dissertation is focused on real-time data analytics for decision support and system improvement. She explains: “HI-SEAS enabled me to collect valuable data about how sleep quality, activity levels, and stress states of our simulated astronaut crew varied throughout this eight-month mission. In the future, I dream of being on a mission to an asteroid or Mars, but regardless I will continue researching how to improve the health and performance of individuals on Earth and Mars alike.”