Lab: Applied Cognition & Expertise (ACE) Lab

Université Laval (CAN), Post-Doc Fellow, 2014–2015
Michigan Technological University, Ph.D., 2013
La Trobe University (AUS), B. Behav. Sci., 2006 (Psychology - Honors)
Deakin University (AUS), B. App. Sci., 1997 (Human Movement/Kinesiology)

Current Instructor: Cognitive Psychology


Academic Interests and Expertise

My research interests focus on understanding and improving perceptual-cognitive performance (e.g., anticipation, decision making) in complex and challenging operational settings (e.g., law enforcement, security, military command and control, aviation, and emergency medicine). For example, I am investigating ways to train police officers to make better decision in stressful situations. Another project, in conjunction with colleagues at Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), examines perceptual and cognitive aspects of CCTV monitoring and how automated, intelligent videos surveillance systems are changing the human operator’s role in security surveillance.

Areas of Research Interest

Research Interests: Naturalistic Decision Making, Cognitive Task Analysis Expertise, Human Factors, Visual Attention, Accelerated Training


Recent Publications:

  1. Suss, J., Vachon, F, Lafond, D., & Tremblay, S. (2015). Don't overlook the human! Applying the principles of cognitive systems engineering to the design of intelligent video surveillance systems. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal based Surveillance (AVSS), 12, XXX–XXX.
  2. Pelletier, S., Suss, J., Vachon, F, & Tremblay, S. (2015). Atypical visual display for monitoring multiple CCTV feeds. Proceedings of the Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI), 33, 1145–1150.
  3. Ahlstrom, U., & Suss, J. (2015). Change blindness in pilot perception of METAR symbology. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 46, 44–58.
  4. Belling, P. K., Suss, J., & Ward, P. (2015). The effect of time constraint on anticipation, decision-making, and option-generation in complex and dynamic environments. Cognition, Technology & Work, 17, 355–366.
  5. Suss, J., & Ward, P. (2015). Predicting the future in perceptual-motor domains: Perceptual anticipation, option generation, and expertise. In J. L. Szalma, M. Scerbo, R. Parasuraman, P. A. Hancock, & R. R. Hoffman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of applied perception research (pp. 951–976). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  6. Belling, P. K., Suss, J., & Ward, P. (2015). Advancing theory and application of cognitive research in sport: Using representative tasks to explain and predict skilled anticipation, decision-making and option-generation behavior. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 45, 45–59.
  7. Ahlstrom, U., & Suss, J. (2014). Now you see me, now you don't: Change blindness in pilot perception of weather symbology (Report No. DOT/FAA/TC-14/16). Washington, DC: Federal Aviation Administration.
  8. Suss, J., Belling, P. K., & Ward, P. (2014). Use of cognitive task analysis to probe option-generation in law enforcement. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society Annual Meeting, 58, 280–284.
  9. Belling, P. K., Suss, J., & Ward, P. (2014). Cognitive processes supporting recognition in complex and dynamic tasks. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 58, 290–294.
  10. McLennan, J., Strickland, R., Omodei, M., & Suss, J. (2014). Stress and wildland firefighter safety-related decisions and actions. In C. Owen (Ed.), Human factors challenges in emergency management: Enhancing individual and team performance in fire and emergency services (pp. 19–34). London, UK: Ashgate.
  11. Suss, J., & Ward, P. (2013). Investigating perceptual anticipation in a naturalistic task using a temporal occlusion paradigm: A method for determining optimal occlusion points. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57, 304–308.
  12. McLennan, J., Strickland, R., Omodei, M., & Suss, J. (2013). Wildfire safety-related decisions and actions: Lessons from stress and performance research. Proceedings of the International Association of Wildland Fire Safety Summit, 12, 33–45.