Anthony F. Norcio, Ph.D.
Professor of Information Systems

Department of Information Systems
University of Maryland (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

Office Phone: (410) 455-3938
USER Lab: (410) 455-2851
FAX: (410) 455-8479

PhD, (Psychology), Catholic University of America, 1978
MLS, (Information Science), University of Maryland (UMCP), 1973
BS, (Statistics), University of Maryland (UMCP), 1968
BA, (Economics), University of Maryland (UMCP), 1965

MA, (Systematic Theology), St. Mary's Seminary & University, 2003
Graduate Certificate, (Advanced Biblical Studies), St. Mary's Seminary & University, 2003
Graduate Certificate, (Biblical Studies), St. Mary's Seminary & University, 2002

Background and Research Interests:

Dr. Anthony F. Norcio is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Norcio has served as the Co-Director (with Dr. Marion J. Ball) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Health Informatics. Dr. Norcio has served as an external advisor to Pan American Health Organization on computing and health informatics and has served in a similar capacity to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has also served as a Computer Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center of the Naval Research Laboratory; and he has also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences Division of the Office of Naval Research. He regularly serves on planning and program committees for national and international conferences.

Dr. Norcio's research interests are in the theoretical and applied areas of software/systems design, intelligent users interfaces (including voice systems), and health informatics. His current work concerns the design and construction of cognitive users models, performance models, and task models that can form the rules that underlie intelligent and adaptive interfaces to information systems for dynamic decision-support environments. This research focuses on health systems, intelligent tutoring/help systems, air traffic control systems, and the internationalization of interfaces. This work relies heavily upon the use of cognitive theories of decision-making as well as fuzzy logic and neural networks.

Dr. Norcio has also studied alternative design methodologies for specifying complex software systems. This work examined design, code, test, and change data for constructing formal specifications of information hiding modules. He has also investigated the cognitive processes that are involved in designing, comprehending, and maintaining complex software systems. The purpose of these studies was to identify the cognitive decision-making processes that transcend any specific design methodology.

Dr. Norcio also directs the User System Environment Research Laboratory (USER Lab) and has an extensive list of publications. Dr. Norcio has mentored a number of Ph.D graduates and is directing a number of current doctoral students. With respect to teaching, Dr. Norcio regularly teaches courses in the areas of Systems Design and Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr. Norcio is a Senior Member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society; he is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery as well as the American Medical Informatics Association.