Dr. David Azari PhD

US Army Futures Command

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US Army Futures Command


I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I studied human performance in complex domains like surgery and aviation. My doctoral work focused on quantifying surgical skill with computer vision and machine learning tools to augment coaches as they train new surgeons. For presenting this work at the 2018 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting, I was awarded first place of all healthcare submissions, and the Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award for combined paper and presentation. I have also presented at the MORS Emerging Techniques Forum, and the 2018 Day of Data, Decisions, and Defense student colloquium at the Naval Postgraduate School.

In the fall of 2018, I started working for The Research and Analysis Center (TRAC) of Army Futures Command (AFC) in White Sands, New Mexico, as kindly facilitated by the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program. I work in the wargaming division to develop human in the loop simulation assisted wargaming and scenario design tools; and to build out collection instruments that help us elicit, organize, and analyze rich qualitative and quantitative data across various analytic events.

I am excited to join an excellent professional network, and look forward to leveraging my academic experience in support of the DoD and defense community.