Location

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Start Date

15-8-2017 11:45 AM

End Date

15-8-2017 1:00 PM

Submission Type

Presentation

Abstract

The theory of automation is that it can eliminate human error by eliminating the human from the loop. Experience has demonstrated, however, that although automation can significantly increase productivity, efficiency, reliability, throughput, and safety, there is a downside. Moreover, the downside can occur not only if the automation does not work as intended, but even if it does work as intended. This presentation will discuss the upsides and downsides of increasing automation.

Presenter Biography

Christopher A. Hart is a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. In March, 2015, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be Chairman, which he was until March, 2017. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of the NTSB, after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009 and 2013. The NTSB investigates major transportation accidents in all modes of transportation, determines probable cause, and makes recommendations in an effort to prevent recurrences. He was previously a Member of the NTSB in 1990, having been nominated by (the first) President Bush.

Mr. Hart’s previous positions have included:

  • Deputy Director, Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Assistant Administrator for System Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Deputy Assistant General Counsel to the Department of Transportation
  • Managing partner of Hart & Chavers, a Washington, D.C. law firm
  • Attorney with the Air Transport Association

Mr. Hart has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and he is a pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.

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Aug 15th, 11:45 AM Aug 15th, 1:00 PM

Lunch Keynote Speaker — Challenges of Increasing Automation

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

The theory of automation is that it can eliminate human error by eliminating the human from the loop. Experience has demonstrated, however, that although automation can significantly increase productivity, efficiency, reliability, throughput, and safety, there is a downside. Moreover, the downside can occur not only if the automation does not work as intended, but even if it does work as intended. This presentation will discuss the upsides and downsides of increasing automation.

 

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