United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Julie Marble

Dr. Julie Marble earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology/Human Factors from Purdue University, where she first became involved in human-robot interaction.  After graduating from Purdue, she joined the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), first in the Human Factors group, then in Human and Robotic Systems.  While at INL, she was led human factors for the upgrade of the Advanced Test Reactor.  While at INL, she worked on many projects in human reliability analysis for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as NASA.  She is a co-author of SPAR-H, Human Reliability Analysis method.  She led a Lab Directed Research and Development grant on the public perception of risk. She also led research for a DARPA BAA on neurotechnology for intelligence analysts, using neurophysiological measurement and enhanced imaging techniques to improve throughput of image processing by analysts.  During her work at INL, Dr. Marble had over 40 publications and journal articles exploring the human factors of human robot interaction.  Her work in HRI focused on the development of peer-peer interaction, in which autonomous systems could complement the capabilities and limitations of human operators.  After leaving INL, Dr. Marble became CEO of Sentient Corporation, a small business that performs prognostics and diagnostics of rotating and reciprocating components.  At Sentient, she assisted in the development of the Sentient AutoReasoner, an intelligent system to assess vibration signals on bearings to determine the need for maintenance.  She left Sentient Corporation to join the NRC, where she worked in the Office of New Reactors and then the Office of Regulatory Research.  She now works as a Program Officer for the Office of Naval Research in the Human & Bioengineered Systems Division.  She leads research in the development of hybrid human autonomous systems, to develop autonomy to increase operator control and situation awareness over heterogenous systems by allow the autonomous system to collaborate with the human.

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