Welcome to the Fall 2017 web page for CS598 AK Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

Instructor : Alex Kirlik.

Course Description : Research on the analysis and design of cyber-physical-systems has grown rapidly in recent years, with one of the latest developments being an expansion in scope to include consideration of the roles humans perform in these systems. Cyber-physical-human systems (CPHS) applications include healthcare and medicine, intelligent vehicles and highways, aerospace systems, human-robot interaction, home and workplace automation, and many others. Core research issues concern how best to partition computation or cognition between human and machine, designing synergistic CPHS that outperform either humans or technology acting alone, system safety and security, supporting individual and group situation awareness and decision making, and CPHS interface design principles and technologies.

Course time and location: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm - 1:45pm, 1131 Siebel Center for Computer Science.

Course Handbook Website : The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering.

Online Course Handbook: A Free Online Version of the Handbook is Available by Logging into your UIUC Library Account (Oxford Handbooks Online series).

Course Format : A Free Online Version of the Handbook is Available by Logging into your UIUC Library Account (Oxford Handbooks Online series).

The first two weeks of the class (the first 4 class meetings) will involve the instructor providing an introduction to the course material and the nature of CPH Systems and the research challenge they pose. There will be limited reading assignments during this week from our course handbook and from some uploaded (to this site) documents to accompany the instructor's presentations. Any documents, including pdf files and links (urls) to relevant internet resources will be uploaded to this site no later than shortly after they have been presented and discussed by the instructor in class.

Readings, Weekly Homework, and Class Discussions: After the first 2 weeks led by the instructor, and except for 2 weeks for breaks (Fall break week and 1 week when the instructor will be away on conference travel), and the final class meeting used for a course wrap-up, each class will consist of a "target" handbook chapter to be read prior to each class, in-class discussion of the target chapter, and in-class discussions of at least 1 additional reading related to the target chapter to be freely and hopefully creatively selected by each student.

Homework Details: This additional reading will form the basis of a weekly written homework assignment (a short report of 1-2 pages max, 1-inch margins, 12pt font, double-spaced and including reference(s) and figures (if necessary) to be submitted in pdf format by email no later than the beginning of the relevant class meeting. Please email these (by attachment) to me at the address: CS598Kirlik@mail.com. Include "Homework N by YOUR FIRST and LAST NAME in the Subject field.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be responsible for a written homework (and a brief class discussion based upon it - no more than 3-5 minutes) for 1 rather than both days of class meetings/readings each week. Students with UINs whose last digits are even numbers will be responsible for each Tuesday's class for which there are assigned readings, and students with UINs whose last digits are odd numbers will be responsible for each Thursday's class for which there are assigned readings. There will thus be 10 homework assignments over the course of the semester.

Class meetings will assume that ALL students have done the target handbook reading assignment for each day, both Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will be prepared to discuss the material covered. Please note that, as a handbook for a newly emerging discipline, rather than as a textbook for a mature discipline, its chapters are written as broadly accessible introductions and overviews of various research topics and areas that are each potentially relevant to various CPHS research and design issues. These readings will provide a "common core" of knowledge for the entire class.

The purpose of having students identify an additional reading on their own that is in some way related to each target handbook reading, as a basis for their written homework assignments and brief classroom discussions, is to provide additional breadth, variety, depth, or appreciation of a target chapter's relevance to CPHS research and design issues. This flexibility also allows students to explore areas or topics they find to be particularly interesting in somewhat more detail or in greater depth.

The 1-2 page written homework assignments to be submitted prior to either each Tuesday or Thursday class meeting can be 1 of 3 types: 1) "Deeper Dive"; 2) "Everyday Illustration”; or 3) “Relations to my Own Research.” Please indicate in the title of your written homework into which of these 3 categories it belongs.

“Deeper Dives” involve an additional student-selected reading that examines a topic or study in the target handbook chapter at greater depth, and are likely to be found in the peer-reviewed research literature (a conference or journal publication).

“Everyday Illustrations” are instead more likely to come from the popular press, blogs, newspapers, or other sources where the target is more of a lay audience, but the relevant issues discussed (e.g., driving while texting, the frustrations caused by opaque automation and algorithms, etc.) are directly related to issues discussed in the handbook target chapter.

“Relations to my Own Research” are just that. Assuming that the Handbook reading topic for the day is related to your research or research interests, you may write your homework discussing these relations. However, as in the other 2 cases at least one citation to some sort of publication is still required.

In your 1-2 page written homework, be sure to indicate at the top (along with your name) the source of the information for your homework in the form of a traditional reference. Each class, we will first have a Q&A discussion on the handbook chapter target article for that day, and then proceed to round-robin, 3-5 minute presentations (from your seats) providing overviews of the novel (to other members of the class) material that served as the basis of your homework submitted prior to class that day.

You should probably come to class with either hardcopy or electronic notes that you want to highlight in sharing this information with the instructor and your classmates. All class members are expected to attend to these discussions and join in with Q&A, etc.

Term Paper : In addition to the 10 required homework assignments, each student will also be required to submit a term paper on some topic related to the course that is of special interest. These term papers will be due in hardcopy format and submitted on the final day of class (Tuesday, Dec. 12th). It is strongly suggested that by some point in the middle of the semester (October 1st is a useful but soft deadline), each student should either email or meet with the instructor to share the proposed topic of choice and to get the instructor’s early feedback, input, and direction.

The term paper should be typed in the same format as the homework assignments yet should be of length 10-15 pages in length. If so desired, additional pages can be used for references, figures, and so forth. During the final full week of class, jut prior to when the term papers are submitted on the final day of class, each student will be asked to take 5-10 minutes to describe to the class the topic of his or her term paper and the central issues it covers. Like the homework assignments, these discussions will be based from students’ seats – no formal presentation (e.g., Powerpoint, etc.) is required. About half the students will present each day (Tuesday, Thursday).

Student Assessment : Homework, as illustrated by the written assignments submitted weekly via email and their brief (3-5) minute class presentations, will constitute 50% of the course grade. Each homework will be assigned either a grade of 0 (not submitted on time); 1 (satisfactory); or 2 (good or better).

An additional 10% of the course grade will be based in the quantity and quality of class participation, especially participation in discussions related to other students' homework assignments/discussions.

The final 40% of the course grade will be based on the quality of the term paper.

Class Schedule:

Week 1 (8/28 & 8/30) Course introduction (Instructor). Read handbook chapter "Introduction to the Handbook" by Lee & Kirlik (Eds.)

Week 2 (9/5 & 9/7) Tuesday: Course introduction (Cont'd, Instructor).

Week 3 (9/12 & 9/14) Tuesday: CH 2 "Attention." Thursday: CH 3 "Multitasking." (Homework 1)

Week 4 (9/19 & 9/21) Tuesday: CH 6 "Trust, reliance and compliance." Thursday: CH 29: Modeling and formal analysis of human-machine interaction." (Homework 2)

Week 5 (9/26 & 9/28) Tuesday: CH 7: "Learning and retention." Thursday: CH 8: "Expertise." (Homework 3)

Week 6 (10/3 & 10/5) Tuesday: CH 5: "Situation awareness." Thursday: CH 10: "Communication in socio-technical systems." (Homework 4)

Week 7 (10/10 & 10/12) No Class: Instructor on Conference Travel

Week 8 (10/17 & 10/19) Tuesday: CH 33: "Modeling decision heuristics." Thursday: CH 31: "Bayesian and signal detection models." (Homework 5)

Week 9 (10/24 & 10/26) Tuesday: CH 18 "Artifact analysis as a way of understanding cognition." Thursday: CH 21: "Simulation to assess human responses to critical events.” (Homework 6)

Week 10 (10/31 & 11/2) Tuesday: CH 24: "Multitasking and multi-robot management." Thursday: CH 40: "Adaptive automation." (Homework 7)

Week 11 (11/7 & 11/9) Tuesday: CH 35: "Configural and pictorial displays." Thursday: CH 37: "Multimodal displays." (Homework 8)

Week 12 (11/14 & 11/16) Tuesday: CH 27. “Computational cognitive modeling of interactive performance.” Thursday: CH 34: “Establishing the micro-to-macro link in cognitive engineering: Multilevel models of socio-computer interaction.” (Homework 9)

Week 13 (11/21 & 11/23) No Class: Fall Break

Week 14 (11/28 & 11/30) Tuesday: CH 12: "Organizational design and cognitive work." Thursday: CH 41: "Distributed communities of practice." (Homework 10)

Week 15 (12/5 & 12/7) Class presentations of term paper projects - about half of the students each day.

Week 16 (12/12) Term papers due in class in hardcopy format. Course wrap-up and future research and professional directions. Course and instructor evaluation.

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