10th International Symposium on
Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT'16)
March 20-23, 2016

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA, USA

John Thomas, research engineer, Safety and Security Research Laboratory, MIT
Gregory M. Noetscher   Dr. John Thomas is a research engineer at MIT's Safety and Security Research Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in systems engineering and bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering. John's work involves creating structured processes for analyzing and engineering cyber-physical and human-in-the-loop systems, especially systems that may behave in unanticipated, unsafe, or otherwise undesirable ways through complex interactions with each other and their environment. By using control theory and systems theory, more efficient and effective processes can be created to prevent flaws that lead to unsafe or unexpected behaviors when integrated with other systems. More recently he has been applying these techniques to automated systems that are heavily dependent on human interactions and may not only experience human error but may inadvertently induce human error through mode confusion, clumsy automation, and other mechanisms that can be difficult to anticipate.