ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army swore in its new senior research scientist for Soldier Performance in Socio-Technical Systems in a ceremony at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Sept. 13.

Dr. Yun-Sheng (Jessie) C. Chen, a researcher in the lab's Human Research and Engineering Directorate since in 2003, has worked as a research psychologist. Her interests include human-agent teaming, agent transparency, human-robot interaction and human supervisory control.

"When you accept this appointment, you will accept additional responsibilities to be a member of the cohort of senior scientists that represent the Army on a broader perspective," said ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti. "When you become a senior technologist, you're not only an ST for the organization that you come from, but you're actually now an ST for the United States Army."

Across the Army there are 42 senior research scientist positions, known as STs, who serve in general-officer level positions, advising leadership on science matters. Presently about 30 of those positions are filled.

Following the oath of office, and a lapel pin and flag presentation, Chen told the assembled gathering why this moment was personally rewarding for her.

"I was raised in a military family," she said. "My father was an army doctor in Chiang Kai-shek's military in Taiwan. He saved countless lives both on and off the battlefield. Indeed, his entire career was dedicated to serving soldiers. If he were still with us today, I know that he would be proud that his daughter is following in his footsteps."

Chen frequently participates in scientific review panels for international as well as U.S. agencies (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation-National Robotics Initiative, NASA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, and ARL and its Army Research Office). She has also served as a dissertation committee member or examiner for several U.S. and Australian universities.

Chen is an associate editor for the journals IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems and IEEE Robotics & Automation -- Letters, and she currently co-chairs two technical conferences:
• International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems (under the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference)
• International Conference on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (under the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction)

Chen earned a doctorate in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida; a master of arts in communication studies from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in linguistics from the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan.

"I look forward to working with all of you in this new capacity," she told the people attending the ceremony. "Let's work together for the Soldier."


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.