Dr. Johnson is Director of Flight Simulation Research and an Associate Lecturer of Industrial & Systems Engineering at UW-Madison where he teaches Human Factors and Ergonomics to Engineering and Psychology students. He is an Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur and commercial pilot with certified flight instructor-instrument (CFII) and multi-engine instructor (MEI) ratings. He earned his PhD from UW in 2012 and holds a professional pilot certification as well as a Master's of Science in Human Factors from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. His Human Factor's research focus involves decision making and teamwork in high-risk industries such as aviation and healthcare. He specializes in behavioral modeling, human performance analytics, and the development of advanced simulation and scenario-based training methods. Dr. Johnson's Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship was funded by an Innovation & Economic Development Research grant awarded by the UW Graduate School, and he is working to commercialize an FAA-funded project that involved the development of advanced weather simulation to ameliorate issues with weather-related flight accidents. He is currently extending this work to improve training and research for aeromedical evacuation teams, and his work strives to push the envelope of safety, efficiency and human performance capability.

Selected Publications

Johnson, C. M., & Wiegmann, D. A. (in review). Decision making below 1000 feet: A study of VFR Flight into IMC. International Journal of Aviation Psychology. Taylor & Francis Group: Florence, KY.
Geiselman, E., Johnson, C., Buck, D., & Patrick, T. (2013). Flightdeck automation: A call for context-aware logic to improve safety. Ergonomics in Design. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Geiselman, E., Johnson, C., & Buck, D. (2013). Flightdeck automation: Invaluable collaborator or insidious enabler? Ergonomics in Design. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Johnson, C. M., & Wiegmann, D. A. (2011). Pilot error during VFR flight into IMC: A literature review and experiment using advanced simulation and analysis methods. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Las Vegas, NV, Sep 19-23, 2011.
Johnson, C. M., & Wiegmann, D. A. (2011). Scenario-based flight simulation training: A Human Factors analysis of its development and suggestions for better design. Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Dayton, OH, May 2-5, 2011.
Johnson, C. M., Wiegmann, D. A. (2010). Scenario-based simulation training for enhanced decision-making in general aviation. Proceedings of the 81st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association (pp. 467). Phoenix, AZ, May 9-13, 2010.
Wiegmann, D. A., Talleur, D. A., & Johnson, C. M. (2008). Evaluating weather-related training and testing of general aviation pilots. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica: Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.
Johnson, C. M., Rantanen, E. M., & Moment, S. L. (2007) Aviation technologies and human error: A research literature database and analysis. Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology (pp. 294-299). Dayton, OH, April 23-26, 2007.

Research Projects

UW Innovation & Economic Development Research (Role: Co-PI) - 07/01/2013-06/30/2014
Aeromedical Evacuation Simulation for Improved Safety in Emergency Medicine. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to develop a proof-of-concept for an immersive simulation that combines flight simulation tasks with medical simulation tasks to train and evaluate team-based competencies.
UW Innovation & Economic Development Research (Role: Co-PI) - 07/01/2012-06/30/2013
Weather-Simulation Engine for High-Fidelity Virtual Flight Training. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to support further development and commercialization of advanced weather simulation developed with Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grant 07-G-13.
DOT FAA Grant 07-G-13 (Role: RA) 08/01/2006-10/31/2010
Redesigning weather-related training and testing of general aviation pilots: Applying traditional curriculum evaluation and advanced simulation-based methods. Three-year research grant to study weather-related flight training and develop advanced weather simulation and scenario-based training methods to improve pilots' weather-related decisions.