February 16 | Team Cognition Distributed in Spatio-Temporal Processes: A Macroergonomic Approach to Pediatric Trauma Care


The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering invites the university community to attend a talk by Abigail Woolridge (University of Wisconsin - Madison).  Health care, as well as many industries in today’s society, consists of complex sociotechnical systems, i.e. people working with technology(ies) in an organization and a physical environment, and interacting with various processes. 

Team cognition, including cognitive tasks such as planning, decision making, problem assessment and solving, is important for team performance; but, team cognition can be challenging in fluid teams (where membership changes) and distributed teams (where members work across boundaries such as time, space and organization). This presentation focuses on team cognition in the complex sociotechnical system of pediatric trauma care. Trauma is the leading cause of death in children and young adults in the US, and thus any improvements in care team performance could have an important impact on reducing morbidity and mortality of those pediatric patients. 

Friday, February 16 | 9 am - Kellogg Room Elab II


Abigail Wooldridge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a research assistant at the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research addresses the design of complex healthcare sociotechnical systems using mixed methods research designs.