Hello, my name is Michael David Wilson. I’m a researcher currently based in Perth, Western Australia who’s broadly interested in human performance, cognitive psychology and technology. I’m currently engaged as a research officer in the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University, where I am developing methods to predict the performance and endurance of teams working in complex and dynamic task environments using a combination of physiological markers, sleep history, and individual differences information.

I also completing my PhD thesis with the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Laboratory at UWA, which is entitled “Executing Goals and Intentions in Dynamic Multitasking Environments”. My thesis concerns the application of cognitive models of human memory to simulations of air traffic control in order to build better understandings of safety-critical dynamic jobs and also of human cognition more generally.

I’m passionate about reproducible research, open-source/free software, and computational methodologies. I actively promote computational literacy as an essential skill and have developed a series of workshops aimed at behavioural scientists just starting out with programming.


More about me… I am interested in the interaction between people and the technological systems that we operate in. My doctoral research explores human multitasking in simulations of complex tasks, such as air traffic control. In particular, I am interested in how people remember to carry out intended behaviours - known as Prospective Memory - and what cognitive and situational factors may inhibit or promote prospective memory performance.

I spend a great deal of my time programming and working out ways to twist and wrangle data. I enjoy keeping up with the rapid developments in data processing and analysis. Open Source and Free software are a central part of my work and development philosophy. I tend to learn and use the tool required for the job; but I am most comfortable working with Python, R, Go, Unix, and GNU Core/Utils.

Those who work with me will know I have a strong passion for Debian, matched only by my love for [Spac]Emacs.