Philly World Usability Day – Transportation – Thu 11/13

Please join UPA Delaware Valley and PhillyCHI in celebrating the 4TH ANNUAL WORLD USABILITY DAY.

Speakers include Kenneth Allendoerfer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ, and Scott Page with Interface Studio LLC, an urban design and planning firm based in Philadelphia.


WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Center for Automation Technology (CAT) 061, Building 27A
Drexel University
3100 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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COST: FREE! World Usability Day is free and open to everyone. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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*Please bring your business card for a chance to win a door prize (details below).


Kenneth Allendoerfer, Federation Aviation Administration (FAA)

User-Centered Research and Development for the Next Generation Air Transportation System

The US air traffic control (ATC) system, one of the nation’s most complex information technology and communication networks, is increasingly plagued by congestion and delays. To address these problems, the FAA has embarked on a major redesign of the system, known as NextGen, which will change how controllers do their jobs and how they interact with technology. Meanwhile, the current generation of controllers, who began their careers using information technology with very different user interfaces and with very limited capabilities, is nearing retirement age. Now that a new generation of controllers is being hired and trained, we have the opportunity to modernize the ATC user interfaces, but which designs are the right ones? Which elements of the old systems should be preserved and which should be replaced? How do we manage this transition without disrupting operations? I will demonstrate and discuss several recent projects at the FAA Research Development and Human Factors Laboratory which use user-centered design and evaluation methods (such as cognitive task analysis, eye tracking, and click path analysis) to explore these issues.

About Kenneth Allendoerfer

Kenneth Allendoerfer is an engineering research psychologist with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), based at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. For more than 10 years, Mr. Allendoerfer has been conducting human-centered research, development, and evaluation activities examining new air traffic control technology, procedures, and concepts. His research interests include developing new usability metrics, information visualization, usable information security, and human error.

Scott Page, Interface Studio LLC

Making Transit Useful in Philly

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a national movement focused on encouraging growth and development in a way that leverages the value of local transit. In Philadelphia, many rail stations are located in areas that are largely vacant and underutilized. This, combined with a strong car culture, leaves Philadelphia’s rail infrastructure – one of the best in the country – largely overlooked.

Interface Studio LLC, an urban design and planning firm based in Philadelphia, was engaged by Neighborhoods Now to explore the opportunities to transform two under-used rail stations in Philadelphia into active and vibrant neighborhood amenities. The lecture will cover the key challenges to making transit useful in Philadelphia and share the findings of the study which tackles TOD as a far-reaching design problem.

About Scott Page

Scott Page founded Interface Studio to test and develop a unique and innovative set of urban design ideas. Scott is an urban designer and planner with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the Georgia Institute of Technology Architecture Department and has more than fourteen years of diverse experience ranging from large-scale master planning to site-specific design and redevelopment strategies. He has been a leader in developing innovative neighborhood plans targeted toward enhancing communication, awareness and empowerment at the community level. Scott was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to Planetizen’s Interchange blog. His research on urban design, emerging technologies and sustainability has been presented and published both in the United States and Europe.


Grand prize

GPS Navigation System

Additional prizes

TerraPass gift certificates
Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt


Platinum Sponsors

Rosetta Marketing –

Gold Sponsors

MissionStaff –
Phena –

Silver Sponsors

The iSchool at Drexel University –
G2 Interactive –


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