Principal Technical Advisors
Dr. Judith Bürki-Cohen
Transportation Human Factors
Dr. Judith Bürki-Cohen is a Principal Technical Advisor in transportation human factors at the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Volpe Center. She holds PhD and MA degrees in experimental psychology from Northeastern University and degrees in German, French, English, and Italian translation and culture from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (formerly Zurich Interpreters' School).
She is an internationally recognized expert in flight simulator human factors; has advanced technical knowledge of flight simulation systems, national and international qualification standards, and the airline flight-training environment; and knows how to apply the scientific methods of experimental design and statistics to questions in transportation human factors including flight-deck technologies, air-traffic control and management, and high-speed rail. Recently, she has been increasingly applying her knowledge and skills to the challenges of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
Dr. Bürki-Cohen serves on technical committees of the National Academies' Transportation Research Board and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and on the board of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society New England Chapter. She is also serving on the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes. In the past, she has chaired the NASA Aviation Safety Program Annual Review and participated in the rewrite of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Doc. 9625, "Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulators."