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Frank Tamborello

Chief Scientist - Cogscent, LLC

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W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

I managed a project to develop a theory of visuospatial representation, gather empirical and simulation data, and deliver findings and new theoretical insights by oral presentation and written document. I also participated in Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences’ lectures & conferences, networking with biomedical informatics professionals, finding common ground in biomedical procedures & information tools.

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Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Graduate Research Assistant - Rice University

I had two main projects while at Rice. I managed the lab’s human error project, which synthesized a new theory of human performance in routine and near-routine task environments, emphasizing how human error can arise from features of the task environment and cognition. I designed experiments, gathered empirical data, supervised a team of research assistants, and assessed theory in a computational simulation. The delivered product was my dissertation, as well as data presented to the funding agency, the Office of Naval Research.

I also co-managed another, inter-institutional collaborative project on the initiative of myself and a few fellow graduate students. This second project examined the role of peer learning in users’ adoption of efficient software interaction methods. Delivered products include four refereed and archived conference papers and their presentations, and a journal article in revision.

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Aug 2003 - Mar 2009
Co-Op - Lockheed Martin

Supervisor: Jurine Adolf. I reviewed NASA’s human factors design requirements documentation for the Constellation project. I documented prototype equipment trials for in-spacesuit Heads-Up Displays, hand tools, and a Lunar/Martian personnel vehicle. I co-planned, executed, and presented a usability study of food package labels.

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Jun 2005 - Aug 2005
Lab Manager - Rice University

I assisted in design, construction, data collection and analyzation of experiments on undergraduate, brain injury patient, and age-matched control subject populations. I maintained lab equipment, supplies, and subject payment funds. I also supervised research assistants’ data collection.

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Jun 1998 - Aug 2003
Chief Scientist - Cogscent, LLC 2011 - Present
Degree - University  
PhD, Human-Computer Interaction - Rice University

Dissertation title: A Computational Model of Routine Procedural Memory Advisor: Dr. Michael D. Byrne.

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2006 - 2009
MA, Human-Computer Interaction - Rice University

Thesis title: Visual Displays: The Continuing Investigations of the Highlighting Paradox. Advisor: Dr. Michael D. Byrne.

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2003 - 2006
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Trinity University

Completed an undergraduate thesis project, "Memory and Emotional Fluency." Minors in History and Media Studies.

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1997 - 2001
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