SciTS 2011 Conference: Sessions

Team Research to Inform the SciTS (Keynote)

Tuesday, April 12  •  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Teamwork has become an obsession in many industries, agencies and organizations. Many of these deploy teams to handle their most difficult tasks, missions or goals. And so a science of team performance has emerged. But, what do we know about teamwork, team training and team effectiveness after several decades of research? What matters in promoting effective teamwork? What influences team effectiveness? This presentation will highlight what we know about the science and practice of teamwork so far. It will provide insights to those in research and those in practice as to what contributes to team effectiveness in organizations.

  • Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Professor of Psychology, Industrial/Organizational and Applied Experimental and Human Factors


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Eduardo Salas
Eduardo Salas

Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., is University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida. He also holds an appointment as Program Director for Human Systems Integration Research Department at UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training. Previously, he was a Senior Research Psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAVAIR-Orlando for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R&D programs focusing on teamwork, team training, simulation-based training, decision-making under stress, learning methodologies and performance assessment. His expertise includes helping organizations on how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, develop performance measurement tools, and design learning and simulation-based environments. He is currently working on designing tools, instructional strategies and techniques to minimize human errors in aviation, law enforcement and medical environments. He has consulted to a variety of manufacturing, pharmaceutical laboratories, industrial and governmental organizations.