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

Canellas and Miller Interviewed about Graduate SGA

Marc Canellas and Matthew Miller were recently interviewed for the Georgia Tech News Center to describe their paths to the President and Vice President positions of Graduate Student Government. They also discussed what they hope to accomplish as leaders of Graduate Student Government and why they work well together.

Miller and Feigh Featured in the FY'15 GT-AE Annual Report

AE doctoral student Matthew Miller, right, and Karl von Ellenrieder preparing to dive at NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations trainer in the Florida Keys. Miller used this experience to better inform his research on adapting systems to deep space travel.

Matthew Miller and Prof. Karen Feigh's research to design and evaluate a decision support system for human Extravehicular Activity (EVA) in the context of time delayed communication was featured in the FY'15 GT-AE Annual Report.

Raunak Bhattacharyya Successfully Proposes M.S. Thesis

Raunak Bhattacharyya successfully proposed his MS thesis on Sept. 10th, 2015, "Computational Evaluation of the Allocation of Authority and Responsibility in NextGen Concepts of Operation" and is now a M.S. Candidate in the School of Aerospace Engineering. His committee members include Dr. Amy Pritchett (advisor) and Dr. J. P. Clarke of the School of Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Magnus Egerstedt of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Marc Canellas Successfully Proposes Ph.D. Thesis

Marc Canellas sucessfully proposed his Ph.D. thesis on Sept. 3rd, 2015, "Decision Making with Incomplete Information: Measures, Mediators, and Decision Support" and is now a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Aerospace Engineering. His research intends to contribute a new understanding of heuristic decision making with incomplete information and how to use this understanding to design heuristic decision support tools. His committee consisted of Dr. Karen Feigh (advisor), Dr. Amy Pritchett, and Dr. Brian German from the School of Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Stephen Cross from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Juan Rogers from the School of Public Policy.

Rachel Haga Serves as "Automation" Session Chair at DASC 2015 in Prague

The 34th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) was held in Prague, Czench Republic from September 13th through 17th, 2015. This first DASC held outside the United States was focused on the "Impact of Global Mandates on Avionics Research and Development." Rachel served as the session chair for the "Automation" session within the "Human Factors" track. She also presented her work within the "Human Factors: Tools" session, entitled "​Context Maps: A Systematic Approach to Identifying and Incorporating Contextual Influence in Decision Support Systems."

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.


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