David Mendonca

About

David Mendonça is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Professor Mendonça's research centers on the study of the cognitive processes that underlie human decision making in the management of critical infrastructure systems with a focus on understanding and supporting decision making in high consequence, non-routine, time-pressured situations. He utilizes laboratory and field-based methods to collect data on the physical state of systems in the built environment, and the psychological state of humans operating in relation to those systems. His work has led to the development of statistical and computational models to explain decision maker behavior in the field and has translated these results into implications for practice and policy. He has pioneered new technologies providing cognitive support in solving sequential multi-criteria decisions for these constituents and developed novel statistical models that have explained variability in cognition, behavior and communication among individuals and collectives in the hours following disruptive events.

Research

Professor Mendonça's research centers on the study of the cognitive processes that underlie human decision making in the management of critical infrastructure systems with a focus on understanding and supporting decision making in high consequence, non-routine, time-pressured situations. He utilizes laboratory and field-based methods to collect data on the physical state of systems in the built environment, and the psychological state of humans operating in relation to those systems. His work has led to the development of statistical and computational models to explain decision maker behavior in the field and has translated these results into implications for practice and policy. He has pioneered new technologies providing cognitive support in solving sequential multi-criteria decisions for these constituents and developed novel statistical models that have explained variability in cognition, behavior and communication among individuals and collectives in the hours following disruptive events.

Sample Research Projects: 

  • Linking Team Fluidity to Organizational Performance in Team-Centric Organizations (National Science Foundation) The central goal of this research is to extend and test theories that link team-level phenomena to organizational outcomes, using as data records of the removal of debris following a large-scale tornado storm in the State of Alabama in 2011. This work is in collaboration with Martha Grabowski.
  • Community - Response and Resilience to the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake (National Science Foundation). This work is investigating community-level response to the 1755 Lisbon earthquake (in collaboration with Ines Amorim of Univ. Porto, Delta Sousa of LNEC, and Maria Louisa Sousa of LNEC).
  • Network Improvisation in Post-disaster Debris Removal Operations (National Science Foundation). This work is investigating the relationship between improvisation and performance for the post-Sandy debris removal mission in New York State.
Primary Research Focus
Human factors, cognitive engineering, decision support systems, applications in emergency response and critical infrastructure management.

Publications

Selected Publications: 

  1. D. Mendonça, G. Webb, C. Butts and J.D. Brooks (2017) "Cognitive Correlates of Improvised Behavior in Disaster Response: The Cases of the Murrah Building and the World Trade Center," Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management.
  2. D. Mendonça, J.D. Brooks (2014). "Linking Team Composition to Team Performance: An Application to Post-Disaster Debris Removal Operations," IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems 44(3) 315-325.
  3. Osatuyi, B. and D. Mendonça (2013). "Group Information Foraging under Time Constraint: An Application to Emergency Response Organizations." Information Processing and Management 49(1) 169-178.
  4. Brooks, J.D., D. Mendonça (2014). "Equity-Effectiveness Tradeoff in the Allocation of Flows in Closed Queueing Networks." 2014 IEEE International Systems Conference.

The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. David Mendonca has 63 indexed publications in the subjects of Computer Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

Josef Di Pietrantonio, David Mendonca
IEEE Transactions on Games
, 14
, 2022
, pp.170-179
.
Xin Zhang, David Mendonça
Cognition, Technology and Work
, 23
, 2021
, pp.343-352
.
Daniel Alejandro Gonzalez Rueda, David Mendonca
Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems, ICHMS 2020
, 2020
.
James D. Brooks, David Mendonca, Xin Zhang
IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
, 50
, 2020
, pp.89-97
.
Ray Perez, Wayne D. Gray, Jerad H. Moxley, David Mendonça, Jamie C. Gorman
Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019
, 2019
, pp.29-30
.
Joshua A. Eaton, David J. Mendonça
Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
, 20
, 2019
, pp.659-681
.
David Mendonça, Inês Amorim, Maíra Kagohara
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
, 34
, 2019
, pp.363-374
.
Molly Renaud, Rostyslav Korolov, David Mendonça, William Wallace
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
, 836
, 2019
, pp.267-278
.
Joshua A. Eaton, David J. Mendonga, Matthew Donald D. Sangster
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
, 1
, 2018
, pp.130-134
.
Xin Zhang, David Mendonça, Martha Grabowski, Christopher Holmes
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
, 2017-October
, 2017
, pp.160-164
.

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