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Sylvain Bruni

Sylvain Bruni

Performance Augmentation Systems

Principal Human Systems Engineer
Lead, Cognitive Systems Integration LinkedIn

Sylvain Bruni

Sylvain is a Principal Human Systems Engineer and Lead for Aptima’s Cognitive Systems Integration (CSI) capability, which focuses on researching and developing human-AI collaborative systems. His current work focuses on researching tools, skills, and processes that enable human-centered and scientifically-sound collaboration between humans and machine-learning-based artificial intelligence entities (algorithms, synthetic teammates, automated agents, robots…). Additionally, he supervises a portfolio of defense and commercial efforts that transition this research into the work and infrastructure of real-world customers. These development projects target the design and engineering of prototype cognitive assistants that afford managing data, information, and knowledge deluge in high-impact, dynamic, and uncertain environments and workflows. The domains of application of CSI technology cover a wide range, from patient and family engagement in hospitals, clinical decision-support systems, and risk prediction and mitigation in intensive care units, to military planning and operational technology, support tools for faster and deeper intelligence analysis, and interfaces for the supervisory control of teams of unmanned systems. At Aptima, Sylvain additionally provides expertise and leadership in human-centered design processes: human factors and cognitive systems engineering, design thinking, rapid prototyping, lean testing, and agile sprinting. Prior to joining Aptima, Sylvain conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), focusing on designing and testing collaborative decision-support systems, specifically in aeronautics and military environments (astronaut training, unmanned systems, and missile defense).

Sylvain holds an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec, France). He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group. Sylvain is a full member of the SAE G-45 Human Systems Integration (HSI) Standards Committee. ‬


Notable Publications

Bruni, S. (2018). Co-designing a mobile application for patient engagement: from pain points to lessons learned. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Boston, MA.

Bruni, S. (2018). Optimizing Rounds in the ICU: Applying Workflow-Centric Human Factors to the Prototyping of a Decision-Support System. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Boston, MA.

Brown, J., Bruni, S., Bennett, J., Fournelle, C., Hanna, C., Lucia, L., Ward, D. & Woodward, B. (2016). Characterizing Mission and User Context for Proactive Decision Support. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (HFES), Vol 60, Issue 1, pp. 228–232, Washington, DC.

Bruni, S., Riddle, K., Ortiz, A., Dumond, D., Lynch, S., Marshall, H., Gaughan C., & Saffold, J. (2014). A Decision Aid for Optimizing Experimental Design Involving LVC Environments. Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), December 2014, Orlando, FL.

Bruni, S., Riddle, K., Ortiz, A., Dumond, D., & Saffold, J. (2014). The Assisted Experimental Designer: A Decision Support System to Optimize Modeling and Simulation Experiment Design. MODSIM World Conference, April 2014, Hampton, VA.

Bruni, S., Chang, A., Carlin, A., Swanson, L., & Pratt, S. (2012). Designing an Adaptive Flight Deck Display for Trajectory-Based Operations in NextGen. , San Francisco, CA.

Swanson, L., Jones, E., Riordan, B., Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Sullivan, S., & Lansey, J. (2012). Exploring human error in an RPA target detection task. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Boston, MA.

Bruni, S. (2012). Les apports du design cognitif et de l’ingénierie des systèmes sur l’augmentation des capacités humaines. Café des Sciences de Boston #48, Cambridge, MA, September 2012.

For more information about Sylvain Bruni’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.


Additional Publications

Bruni, S., Riordan, B., Schurr, N., Cooke, N., Freeman, J., Roberts, J., & Rima, N. (2011). Designing a mixed-initiative decision-support system for multi-UAS mission planning. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES 2011), Las Vegas, NV.

Riordan, B., Bruni, S., Schurr, N, Freeman, J., Ganberg, G., Cooke, N., & Rima, N. (2011). Inferring user intent with Bayesian inverse planning: Making sense of multi-UAS mission management. Proceedings of the 20th Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation Conference (BRIMS), Sundance, UT.

Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Riordan, B., Ayers, J., & Sucillon, S. (2011). Measuring trainee intent using low-cost, high-impact cognitive models. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Arlington, Virginia.

Cummings, M.L., & Bruni, S. (2010). Human-Automation Collaboration in Complex Multivariate Resource Allocation Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Intelligent Decision Technologies, Vol. 4(2), p. 101-114.

Bruni, S., & Paley M. (2010). Bridging the understanding gap between human(s) and machine(s) in unmanned vehicle operations: A review of research approaches. Presented at the DoD HFETAG-64, San Diego, CA.

Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Riordan, B., Freeman, J., et al. (2010). Mixed-Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing (MIMIC). Presented at the DoD HFETAG-63, Tempe AZ.

Bruni, S., Sullivan K., et al. (2010). The Collaborative Visualization Environment (CoVE): A platform for macrocognition research and experimentation. Presented at the Collaboration and Knowledge Interoperability Program Workshop, Arlington, VA.

Picciano, P., Kaber, D., Gil, G., Bruni, S., Howard, D., Jones, E., Roberts, R., Kim, S., & Kaufman, K. (2010). Designing for designers: A prototype to support human-automation interaction decisions. In Proceedings of HCI Aero 2010. Cape Canaveral, FL.

Bruni, S., & Paley M. (2010). The Department of Homeland Security human systems integration community of practice and portal development effort. Presented at the DoD HFETAG-64, San Diego, CA.

Bruni, S., & Sullivan K. (2010). The Collaborative Visualization Environment (CoVE). Presented at the DoD HFETAG-63, Tempe, AZ.

Cummings, M.L., Bruni, S., Mercier, S., & Mitchell P.J. (2007). Automation Architecture for Single Operator, Multiple UAV Command and Control, The International Command and Control Journal, Vol. 1(2).

Bruni, S., Marquez, J.J., Brzezinski, A., Nehme, C., & Boussemart Y. (2007). Introducing a Human-Automation Collaboration Taxonomy (HACT) in Command and Control Decision-Support Systems, Accepted, 12th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, Newport, RI, June, 2007.

Bruni, S., Boussemart, Y., Cummings, M.L., & S. Haro, S. (2007). Visualizing Cognitive Strategies in Time-Critical Mission Replanning. In Proceedings of HSIS 2007: ASNE Human Systems Integration Symposium, Annapolis, MD.

Bruni, S., Marquez, J., Brzezinski, A., & Cummings, M.L. (2006). Visualizing Operators’ Cognitive Strategies In Multivariate Optimization, Proceedings of HFES 2006: 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Bruni, S., & Cummings, M.L. (2006), Tracking Resource Allocation Cognitive Strategies for Strike Planning, COGIS 2006 – Cognitive Systems with Interactive Sensors, Paris, France.

Cummings, M. L., & Bruni, S. (2005). Collaborative Human-Computer Decision Making in Network Centric Warfare, TTCP HUM TP7 Workshop on Aerospace Human Factors Issues in Network-Centric Warfare, Salisbury, UK.

Bruni, S., & Cummings M.L. (2005). Human Interaction with Mission Planning Search Algorithms, ASNE Human Systems Integration Conference. Arlington, VA.