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

Dr. Amy Pritchett Weighs in on Pilotless Planes

Dr. Amy Pritchett gives her opinion about the safety of planes without pilots.

NY Times Article

The Takeaway Interview

Miller and Fleming Propose PhD Thesis Topics

Matthew Miller and Scottie-Beth Fleming both successfully proposed their PhD thesis topics and are PhD Candidates in Aerospace Engineering.

CEC Members Present Research at Multiple Conferences

Faculty and graduate students in the CEC presented research to other researchers and professionals from a variety of fields at four meetings this fall:  the 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) in Colorado Springs, the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2014) in San Diego, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, and the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) PI Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Karen Feigh Appointed New Chair of Library Faculty Advisory Board

Provost Rafael L. Bras has appointed Karen Feigh, associate professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering, chair of the Library Faculty Advisory Board (LFAB). Feigh will assume the role from Andrew Zangwill, professor in the School of Physics.

“As chair, Associate Professor Feigh will strengthen the relationships among the board, the library and Tech faculty on issues such as the Library Renewal and Emory collaboration," said Catherine Murray-Rust, vice provost for learning excellence and dean and director of libraries.

Alexandra Coso Defends PhD Thesis

Dr. Alexandra Coso and Dr. Amy Pritchett at commencement

Dr. Alexandra Coso successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Friday, March 28th, 2014. Dr. Coso's thesis is titled "Preparing Student to Incorporate Stakeholder Requirements in Aerospace Vehicle Design." This research serves as a starting point for future research in pedagogical techniques and assessment methods for integrating stakeholder requirements into technology-focused capstone design courses.

Matthew Miller and Marc Canellas appointed to the Executive Cabinet of GT Graduate Student Government

Matthew Miller and Marc Canellas have been named to the 2014 Executive Cabinet of the Georgia Tech Graduate Student Government Association (Grad SGA) by incoming Grad SGA President John Lyon. Matthew has been appointed as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Marc has been appointed as the Vice President for Graduate Communications.

Marc Canellas Selected as Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow

Marc Canellas has been selected as a Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow for Academic Year 2014-2015. Selected because of the caliber of work that he had demonstrated in his Ph.D. research and his potential for leadership on policy issues, Marc will conduct research and develop a detailed policy proposal based on his technical background, as well as the training received in the Program’s weekly Security Seminar.

Dr. Amy Pritchett chosen for CETL's Curriculum Innovation Award

The Georgia Tech Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) has announced that AE Professor Amy Pritchett has been chosen to receive the 2014 Curriculum Innovation Award. Pritchett, the David S. Lewis Associate Professor of Cognitive Engineering, will formally receive the award at the Faculty Honors Luncheon, April 11.


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