Dr. Jill Lynn Drury

jldrury (at) mitre.org




Optimizing human interaction technology and work processes to support team-based decision-making in safety-critical applications; particularly for robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, and command and control systems.  See my full research statement here.


The MITRE Corporation, June 1980 to Present (Full Time) 

Department Manager, Advanced Software Innovation Department*. Currently responsible for setting department strategy, supervising a cadre of the most senior people in the division, and enabling those staff to provide service to the larger division (550 people). Immediate prior position was Acting Technical Director of the 438-person Data and Human-Centered Solutions Innovation Center. Was responsible for setting the technical direction of the  creating its strategy, generating new business, determining technical research directions, and overseeing department managers. Prior to that, position was Department Head of the Collaboration and Social Computing Department. Over a 17-year period, grew the department from 16 people to 70 people with a 9-person management team, including diversifying the work program and developing an early-career talent pipeline. In addition to management responsibilities, I am also a Principal Investigator for research in human-machine teaming and collaboration.    

*current position; started as Member of the Technical Staff. 

 University of Massachusetts Lowell, September 2002 to Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department.  I have taught graduate courses in human-computer interaction (HCI) and research human-robot interaction in partnership with Prof. Holly Yanco and Prof. Guanling Chen via National Science Foundation (NSF) grants.  I am on the Industry Advisory Boards for the Computer Science Department and the College of Science.  I was Coordinator for the department's Certificate in HCI from 2009 - 2015; I revised its requirements, approved applicants, and taught its three core courses. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 2006 to November 2008

Visiting Scientist. In collaboration with members of Missy Cummings' Human and Automation Laboratory, I researched team decision-making in real-time command and control.  (Two year maximum appointment.)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (note: see invited speaking engagements here)