Michael McCloskey is the President and Chief Scientist at 361 Interactive, LLC. He has had the privilege of conducting cognitive task analyses in over 100 military and commercial domains over the past 25 years, ranging from intelligence analysts and Special Forces Warfighters to computer hackers and cyber-security personnel, to fighter pilots and firefighters. He has designed innovative data collection and data analysis methodologies to elicit the cognitive demands of users in a wide variety of military and commercial environments. One of Mr. McCloskey's specialty areas is the development and execution of work simulations to facilitate the collection of cognitive data. The results of his conducted analyses have contributed directly to his development of interactive training programs and interface/automation solutions for dozens of commercial and military user groups. Mr. McCloskey has also led diverse research and development teams to successful solutions for customers across all the services, and has developed and implemented training, simulations, automation, and interactive multimedia solutions to support improved on-the-job performance.
From 1995 to 2001, Mr. McCloskey was a Senior Research Associate at Klein Associates, and leader of the CyberSecurity Knowledge Center. In this role, he managed the work of the members of the center, directed marketing and technical activities within the center, and was responsible for promoting, advertising and managing all center activities. Mr. McCloskey was also the Project Leader and subsequent Principal Investigator in multiple SBIR efforts to study computer hackers and security experts. Mr. McCloskey's other research specialties at Klein Associates included decision making training, cognition in the workplace, the representation of expertise, and application to decision support and human-computer interface issues. Mr. McCloskey's projects at Klein Associates included efforts to identify the cognitive demands and leadership requirements of Army Ranger personnel and of Marine, Air Force, and Naval aircrews and to then use these decision requirements to assist in the development of interactive, multimedia training interventions to support expert performance and leadership skills.
Prior to his work at Klein Associates, Mr. McCloskey was an intelligence analyst at the Foreign Technology Division (currently NASIC) at Wright Patterson AFB, where he performed technical analyses and developed assessments on major foreign weapon systems, managed threat assessment teams and foreign material exploitation programs, determined counter-tactics for U.S. military pilots against foreign airborne threats, and authored a range of classified studies detailing threat assessments.
Mike (usually) enjoys coaching youth soccer for his children's teams and being semi-consistently beaten in both ping-pong and tennis by his wife, friends, and colleagues. He has two remaining life goals: to complete 30 consecutive chin-ups, and to win a nationally televised hot pepper eating contest.
Julio C. Mateo is a Senior Research Scientist at 361 Interactive, LLC, and provides expertise in the areas of Interface Design and Human Performance Measurement and Assessment. Before joining 361 Interactive, Julio worked as a researcher at Wright State University and at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). As an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Fellow in the Learning with Disability program at WSU, Julio conducted a cognitive task analysis on successful pedestrian navigation without vision and worked on the development and testing of alternative input systems (e.g., gaze, facial muscles) to facilitate access to individuals with motor disabilities. At AFRL, Julio investigated tactile torso displays as well as how to combine spatial auditory and tactile cues to support omnidirectional visual searches in operational environments. At 361 Interactive, Julio's research has focused on the development of theoretical models and training systems for cross-cultural competence. In addition, Julio is seeking opportunities to continue his work on assistive technology and multimodal display design.
During his spare time, Julio enjoys drinking espresso at local coffee shops and playing competitive sports. While he enjoys all sorts of sports, including tennis, golf, volleyball, ping pong, squash, racquetball, basketball, and soccer, Julio only claims to possess any knowledge about golf (from a 'sort of' previous life) and tennis (from more recent struggles to achieve competence). Although a much less frequent pastime, Julio also enjoys traveling and meeting new people and places. Besides yearly trips to Spain or Puerto Rico to visit family (which never disappoint), Julio is currently most interested in traveling to South American and Asian countries, as well as to several other unvisited countries with good friends currently living in them, including Mauritania, Bulgaria, and Albania.
David Kancler is a Senior Researcher at 361 Interactive, LLC with an emphasis on display design and user requirements analysis. Mr. Kancler's current work focuses on the cognitive requirements and usability issues associated with implementing of LADAR technology in tactical fighter cockpit environments, and methods which can support intelligence analysts who use wide are motion imagery.
Prior to joining 361 Interactive, Mr. Kancler was a Senior Human Factors Psychologist at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), where he served as Technical Lead on several projects involving user requirements definition, interface design, and prototype test and evaluation. Mr. Kancler's recent work addressed UAV systems, including operator and analyst requirements, workstation and display design, and analysis of critical mission elements. Previous projects included the design and evaluation of a prototype system for the collection, storage, and dissemination of expert knowledge of retiring civilian Air Force Scientists and Engineers. Mr. Kancler was also Human Factors lead on an effort with the Air Force Research Laboratory, to design and evaluate a job performance aid to improve the troubleshooting performance of novice and expert aircraft maintenance technicians. On this effort, Mr. Kancler performed a series of Cognitive Task Analyses to better understand the differing cognitive requirements of the novice and expert aircraft maintenance technician, and how to best accommodate both with a single device. He also led the design of a user interface geared to accommodate these differing cognitive processes, and supported the final, on-site evaluation of the prototype job aid.
Mr. Kancler spends his free time reading, hanging out with his family, and cringing during reality television shows. He also enjoys referencing obscure movie quotes to his office mates, and would love to one day be part of a documentary covering human factors professionals traveling to the Moon (and returning safely to Earth).
Brian M. Cooney is the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Research and Development at 361 Interactive. He performs business development and provides subject-matter expertise in the employment of ISR sensors, integration of ISR data, and the PCPAD process. Brian’s current work focuses on autonomy and human-machine interfaces for autonomous ISR production, exploitation, and dissemination. He is a former contract Data Scientist with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Director of Operations for an Air Force Geospatial Intelligence Squadron, certified warplanner for Pacific Air Forces, instructor-rated ISR Mission Commander in the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System, and maintained the third-largest market share for an online life insurance company as its Chief Business Intelligence Analyst. Brian has served over 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard as an Intelligence Officer, Cyberspace Operations Officer, and Combat Communications non-commissioned officer.
During his spare time, Brian volunteers at his church, in his son’s Boy Scout pack, and his daughter’s Girl Scout troop. He brags about his tri-tip barbecue skills, enjoys swimming, and proudly displays his “1.5” sticker on the Jeep he hasn’t off-roaded in nearly a decade.
Thomas Sherlund is a Passive Sensor analyst who recently joined the 361 Interactive Team. He conducts research and analysis for the passive sensor team at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Previously, Tom worked as the Squadron Superintendent of the 348th Reconnaissance Squadron where he supervised worldwide High Altitude Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations, which served six Combatant Commands.
During his spare time, Tom volunteers as an elementary assistant football coach. Tom`s wife wants him to seek help for his fantasy football addiction. He also enjoys running, hunting, playing sports and any other outdoor activity.
Kate Miller is the office manager for 361 Interactive, LLC. She focuses her time on three basic aspects of operations: employee support, project tracking, and account maintenance. Within employee support, Kate handles weekly time sheets, bi-monthly payroll, and employee benefits. The majority of her time is spent tracking resource allocation to projects including employees of 361 Interactive and sub-contractors assigned to particular contracts. Kate also manages the business's accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Kate graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 and went on to work at several art galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. After relocating to Dayton, Ohio for her husband's Air Force assignment, she taught Art Appreciation at Sinclair Community College for several years and worked as an ice skating coach for the City of Kettering. Kate enjoys playing tennis with her husband and hopes to beat him one day.