Accelerating Workforce Training: Introducing the CTA in E/Affect Initiative

Call for Paper, Poster and InteractiveExperience Submissions

Subject Matter

Naturalistic decision making (NDM) is concerned with the study of how people make decisions in complex real-world settings that can include dynamic, uncertain and continually changing conditions, and can require real-time decisions in urgent situations with significant consequences. NDM topics also include studies of expert reasoning, sensemaking, and cognitive task analysis to design technologies and learning experiences for supporting individual and team performance in complex cognitive work systems.


Paper and poster submissions will be automatically considered for one of two awards, each of which includes a $500 prize:


1. The Gary A. Klein Award for best contribution to NDM Theory

2. The Robert R. Hoffman Award for best contribution to NDM Methodology.


You can see past award winners here.

Submission Topics

Submissions can cover a range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Decision making under complex constraints, including stress and uncertainty
  • Macrocognition in the workplace
  • Strategies to support rapid decision making and enhance cognitive skills
  • Studies of expert and adaptive performance
  • NDM applications in systems engineering, information visualization and user interfaces design
  • Decision making in automation and explainable artificial intelligence
  • Theories of cognitive performance derived from or tested in naturalistic settings
  • Methods of naturalistic inquiry  


You are invited to submit a proposal to any of the three categories below. Proposals may be research or practice-oriented. Submitters are welcome to submit more than one submission to any of the categories. Submissions are preferred that present an original contribution that advances the science and application of NDM.


Paper Requirements

  • Length should be 5 – 7 pages including the illustrations
  • Paper must conform to the Paper and Poster Submission Template (.docx)
  • The first page should include full contact information for the first author and a 150-word abstract.
  • Submission form should indicate whether the author would agree to present the work as a poster if the full paper is not accepted for an oral presentation.


Poster Requirements

  • Proposals must be no more than 4 pages in length including the illustrations
  • Poster must conform to the Paper and Poster Submission Template (.docx)
  • The first page should include full contact information on the first author and a 150-word abstract



We are also accepting proposals for NDM-related interactive learning experiences. These may be workshops, demonstrations, and/or training/learning experiences that include an experiential component for participants. Requirements:


  • Submissions due: CLOSED (Contact with questions about late submissions)
  • Decision notices delivered: July 31, 2022
  • Final papers due: September 15, 2022

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be in English and must conform to the prescribed submission guidelines and formats provided. Over-length papers or papers that do not follow the prescribed submission format may be rejected without review or asked to resubmit. All paper and poster submissions must not be in press or under consideration for presentation or publication elsewhere.

Selection Criteria

All submissions will be screened for relevance by the Events Committee, then reviewed by two senior members of the NDMA.

Paper and Poster submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the paper or poster
  • Relevance to conference goals and importance of the work
  • Whether there is a substantial contribution to NDM research, theory, and/or practice
  • Appropriate scope and focus for session paper or poster

Interactive Experience submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to and basis in NDM theory or practice
  • Level and type of participant interaction
  • Proposed scope (i.e., introduction/exposure, skills-achievement, certification), duration, and requirements for execution of the experience

Conference Commitment

Submission of all Papers, Posters and Interactive Experiences shall be taken as a commitment to attend the in-person conference. Accepted contributions will only be included in the final conference program if at least one author (paper and poster) or all interactive experience providers register for the in-person conference.

Oral paper presentations will be broadcast for virtual conference participants. Two-minute poster reviews at the beginning of the poster session will also be broadcast.
Accepted papers and posters will be compiled into an NDM Proceedings and distributed to conference attendees, but authors will retain copyright of their work.