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Chris M. Herdman

Full Professor of Cognitive Science and Psychology; Scientific Director, Centre for Visualization and Simulation (VSIM); Head, Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab

Degrees:B.Sc. (Trent), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Professor Chris M. Herdman

Dr. Chris Herdman is a Full Professor of Cognitive Science and Experimental Psychology at Carleton University and the Scientific Director of Carleton’s Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre. Dr. Herdman leads an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from the human sciences, engineering, computer science and biology. This team is focused on linking fundamental research on human perception, cognition and attention to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems. Dr. Herdman is a strong advocate for collaboration between academia, industry and key government research agencies.

Dr. Herdman has been a leader in facilitating interdisciplinary R&D in the Canadian aerospace sector. Working with industry and government partners, Dr. Herdman formed a vision in which an understanding of both the strengths and the limitations of human cognitive systems are integrated into the design and implementation of next-generation pilot training systems. This vision includes training of future aerospace HQP through research teams that crossed disciplines and through joint projects with partners in the aerospace sector.

Dr. Herdman has received over $45 Million in research funding, including large-scale grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), NSERC, SSHRC, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS), and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). As PI for the VSIM Centre, Dr. Herdman led an interdisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners on a successful application for funding to build the $30M VSIM Centre on the Carleton University campus. Industry partners contributed $15M toward establishing VSIM. Over 25 industry partners continue to work closely with the VSIM Centre. The VSIM building houses ten core research labs and supports the research of over 20 faculty and 80 graduate students annually.