Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering Center

The Cognitive Engineering Center (CEC) was founded in 2005 by Dr. Amy Pritchett and is based in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cognitive engineering focuses on the analysis, design, and evaluation of complex socio-technical systems of people and technology such as air/ground transportation and military systems. It combines knowledge and experience from the cognitive and computer sciences, human factors, human-computer interaction, and systems engineering. Human cognitive activities such as planning, decision making, and problem solving, should be considered early in the systems design process of technology, procedures, or teams. The goals of the field are to provide better integration between human operators and the system so that human operators can act more effectively and preserve system safety and productivity if unanticipated situations arise; and to consider capabilities and limitations of human cognitive behaviors in the design processes of the system to reduce potential human errors and maximize human performance

Researchers within the CEC examine human-system integration in complex work environments from theoretical and methodological viewpoints, in the field and in the laboratory, and make substantive contributions to practice. Its research and education efforts span several domains of engineering, most notably: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Educational Technology Research
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

Scottie-Beth's Ph.D. Defense is Tomorrow, May 24th

MAY 23, 2016: On May 24th at 1pm in Montgomery Knight 317, Scottie-Beth will be defending her Ph.D. dissertation, titled "Design Knowledge Coordination: Enhancing Novice Aerospace Engineers’ Design Skills Through Coordinated Decision-Making." Her advisor is Dr. Amy Pritchett and her additional committee members are: Dr. Brian German, Dr. Neil Weston, Dr. Wendy Newstetter, Dr. Ute Fischer, and Dr. Jennifer Turns. The defense summary is below:


Bhattacharyya and Pritchett's Paper Accepted to HCI-Aero 2016

MAY 13, 2016: Raunak Bhattacharyya and Dr. Amy Pritchett's paper titled, "Modeling the monitoring inherent within aviation function allocations" has been accepted for publication at the "International Conference on Human Computer Interaction in Aerospace" (HCI-Aero 2016). The conference is in Paris, September 14-16, 2016.

Feigh Awarded NASA Grant to Support Astronaut Performance on Long Duration Space Exploration Missions

Dr. Feigh has been awarded a grant from NASA's National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Human Research Program for her proposal "Objective Function Allocation Method for Human-Automation/Robotic Interaction using Work Models that Compute.”  Her proposal was one of 27 selected out of 131 proposals NASA received.

Miller Authors Two Papers and Serves as Session Co-Chair at 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference

MAY 1, 2016: In March, Matthew Miller, attended the 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana where he co-authored two papers that summarized the results of two separate NASA field-experiences (PLRP and NEEMO).

Canellas Selected as 2016 Campus Life Scholar

APR 27, 2016: CEC Ph.D. Candidate, Marc Canellas, was recently selected as one of six Campus Life Scholars by Georgia Tech Campus Services. The prestigious honor is awarded to students who “successfully demonstrate a purposeful and significant commitment to building campus community and enhancing student life through their role in a new or enhanced program, activity, or initiative.” As the President of Graduate Student Government, Marc spearheaded the development and execution of Georgia Tech’s first-ever graduate student experience survey achieving an unbelievable 45% completion rate from the over 9,000 graduate students.

Canellas and Haga Attend Robot Law Conference, We Robot 2016

APR 2, 2016: Regulating and designing autonomous vehicles. Big data for policing. Privacy in healthcare. Free speech for robots. These topics and more took center-stage at the robot law conference, We Robot 2016, last Friday and Saturday at the University of Miami School of Law. Over 100 lawyers, engineers, academics and policy experts from around the world were present, including two of our own CEC members, Rachel Haga and Marc Canellas.

Canellas Represents Georgia Tech in D.C. at the 2016 ACC Advocacy Trip

MAR 17, 2016: Meeting Sen. David Purdue (R-GA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is all in a day’s work for CEC Ph.D. Candidate, Marc Canellas, at the 2016 ACC Advocacy Trip that took place on March 14th and 15th. As the current Graduate Student President for Georgia Tech he was selected to represent the Georgia Tech in meetings with Senators and House members to advocate on behalf of graduate student issues such as: high-skill immigration, federal research funding, and campus safety.

Miller Earns Praise from NASA for Contribution to Mars EVA Gap Challenge 2016

FEB 28, 2016: CEC Ph.D. Candidate, Matthew Miller, was featured in a GT-AE article covering his recent contribution to the NASA@Work Challenge - an agency-wide competition that tasks employees of NSASA to post and solve problems.

Dr. Pritchett Featured in TechRepublic Article Discussing Autonomy in Aviation at AAAI-16

FEB 18, 2016:  Dr. Pritchett, Director of the Cognitive Engineering Center, participated in a panel of experts discussing safety considerations with respect to autonomy at the 2016 conference for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16). TechRepublic covered the panel and quoted Dr. Pritchett when discussing:


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Cognitive Engineering Center (CEC)
Georgia Institute of Technology
270 Ferst Drive
Atlanta GA 30332-0150