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Mark S. Pfaff, Ph.D.

Mark Pfaff


mpfaff [at] iupui [dot] edu
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Mark S. Pfaff, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, serving both the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) programs. Dr. Pfaff leads a team of graduate student researchers in the GRAPPA Lab (Group Psychology and Performance) investigating decision making in technologically-complex environments characterized by high stakes and high stress. Topics of particular interest are the influences of mood and stress in individual and team decision-making processes and the role of option awareness in dynamic decision making. His research integrates quantitative and qualitative approaches ranging from field observation, knowledge elicitation, simulated task environments, and experimental evaluation of prototype decision aids, all in close collaboration with expert decision makers in emergency response, homeland security, and public health. His research is published in the journals including the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and Human Factors, as well as conferences such as Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM), Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS), and IEEE Technologies for Homeland Security.


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