Ericka Rovira, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Psychology Program, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
In the last seven years, Dr. Rovira has taught hundreds of cadets across all four class years. She routinely includes cadets in collaborative research projects with Army Research Lab, Naval Research Lab, and Mitre. Recent projects have included evaluating TiGR (Tactical Ground Reporting Tool for Patrol Leaders), DCGS-A (Distributed Common Ground System - Army), supporting efforts for COBRA (Collaborated Battlespace Reasoning Awareness), and investigating individual differences using functional genomics.
Dr. Rovira is the faculty advisor for West Point’s Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Under her guidance the club hosts an annual Engineering Expo inviting middle school children from the Bronx to West Point for hands on engineering experience ranging from robotics to engineering psychology. Ericka is also the Co-Director of the Excel Scholars Program. The Excel Scholars Program is an Academy level program that seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented cadets that excel at the Academy in all three pillars, and compete and win post-graduate fellowships.
Dr. Rovira has recently been elected to APA’s Division 21 Applied Experimental Psychology / Engineering Psychology Executive Council as President-Elect. Lastly, Ericka is the Secretary for the Executive Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.
Human Automation Interaction
Sanchez, J., Fisk, A. D., Rogers, W., & Rovira, E. (2011). Understanding Reliance on Automation: Effects of Error Type, Error Distribution, Age, and Experience. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics. Available online 15 September 2011. Scheduled for print Spring 2012. Read Here
Rovira, E. & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Transitioning to Future Air Traffic Management: Effects of Imperfect Automation on Controller Attention and Performance. Human Factors, 52, 411-425. Read Here
Rovira, E., McGarry, K., & Parasuraman, R. (2007). Effects of imperfect automation on decision-making in a simulated command and control task. Human Factors, 49, 76-87 Read Here
Rovira, E., Cross, A., Leitch, E., Bonaceto, C. (IN PRESS). Displaying Contextual Information Reduces the Costs of Imperfect Decision Automation in Rapid Re-Tasking of ISR Assets. Human Factors.
Referred Conference Proceedings
Atkinson, D., Hancock, P., Hofman, R., Lee, J., Rovira, E., Stokes, C., Wagner, A. (2012). Trust in computers and robots: The uses and boundaries of the analogy to interpersonal trust. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting (In Press, Santa Monica, CA: HFES.
Dodge, R., Coronges, K., and Rovira, E. (2012). Empirical Benefits of Training to Phishing Susceptibility, Proceedings of the 27th IFIP SEC International Information Security and Privacy Conference, June 2012.
Coronges, K. Dodge, R., Mukina, C.*, Radwick, Z.*, Shevchik, K.*, Rovira, E (2012). The Influences of Social Networks on Phishing Vulnerability, IEEE Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (pp. 2366-2773).
Dodge, R., Rovira, E., Radwick, Z.*, Shevchik, J.* (2011). Phishing Awareness Exercises. Proceedings of the 15th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. (pp. 120-125)
DeVisser, E., Rovira, E., Shaw, T., Clayton, B.,* Kiernan, L. *, Brown, C. *, & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Could you be a little nicer? Pushing the right buttons with automation etiquette. Proceedings of the International Association of Ergonomics, 17th Triennial Congress. (pp. 1-5)
Dr. Rovira’s current research interest lies in human automation interaction in complex domains. Specifically, her expertise lies in designing information and decision support tools taking into account individual differences of human operators in complex environments. Recent research interests have led her to explore if genetics can predict operational performance including land navigation with West Point cadets during summer field training. Given that genetics has been found to predict individual performance for basic cognitive functions in a controlled laboratory environment, Professor Rovira’s goal is to determine if genetics may also relate to performance in a dynamic operational environment such as the one that military personnel encounter.