- Dr. Dev Minotra
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Montgomery Knight Building270 Ferst DriveAtlanta, GA 30332United States
Dev Minotra is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cognitive Engineering Center in the School of Aerospace Engineering. He joined in October, 2016 and is involved in two interdisciplinary research projects that integrate perspectives from cognitive engineering. Dev examines issues in the design of in-cockpit landing systems in rotorcraft. This is an interdisciplinary effort in the School of Aerospace Engineering involving three principal investigators, and it aims at improving the efficacy of helicopter landing maneuvers on ships. Dev is also studying diagnostic decision making and cognitive biases associated with them; his work is aimed at informing the design of interfaces used in satellite monitoring tasks, which involves diagnostic decision making. He is experienced in using a wide range of methods in cognitive engineering including cognitive task analysis, cognitive work analysis, usability testing, human-participant experiments, to name a few.
Dev Minotra earned his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012, and prior to his appointment here at Georgia Tech, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo.
The space environment is cluttered with significant amounts of debris, which poses a threat to weather satellites, communication satellites, and other space assets given their high velocities. The Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) keeps a track of thousands of space objects with priority given to active satellites. Keeping the space object catalog updated is a primary objective of JSpOC, and it takes up a significant portion of the resources available.
While landing maneuvers in vertical flight can be cognitively challenging, such maneuvers are more challenging in shipboard operations. Shipboard landing maneuvers for rotorcraft involve spatial confinement, deck movement, and air turbulence issues, which can be exacerbated by degraded visual conditions. The project is an interdisciplinary effort and it aims at developing advanced guidance and cueing to improve the efficacy of shipboard landing operations in the navy.