Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering Center

In our complex world of humans and machines, CEC researchers are building the foundations, training, and technologies for safe and effective work.

Our research is built around a simple question: What if we designed training and technology based on how people actually do their work? In answering this question, we have contributed to procedures and displays for air and space operations, to basic research for military command and control decision making, and adaptive intelligence for industrial robots and autonomous vehicles. We examine human-machine interaction using any tool necessary (field work or human-subjects studies; and interviews, software, or mathematics), finding the appropriate solution for the requirements.

Founded in 2005 by Dr. Amy Pritchett in the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering, and now, in our second decade, the CEC continues to ignore the boundaries of traditional disciplines in our search for meaningful, implimentable solutions. Aerospace engineers, computer scientists, roboticists, industrial engineers, and education researchers work together to build a safer and more effective human-machine world.

Ma and Feigh team up with NASA to Co-Author Two Papers for Upcoming Conferences on Human Factors (HFES) and Robotics (FSR)

JULY 25, 2017 - Lanssie Ma and Dr. Karen Feigh of the CEC have authored two papers in upcoming conferences, the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, and 2017 Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) in Zürich, Switzerland. For HFES, they authored "Jumpstarting Modelling Systems Design: A Generalized XML Abstraction of Simulation Models," and for FSR, they co-authored "Human-Robot Teaming : Concepts and Components for Design," with Dr. Terrance Fong, Dr. Mark Micire, and Dr. Yunkyung Kim.

Razin Travels to Singapore to Present at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

JULY 25, 2017 - CEC graduate student, Yosef Razin, traveled to Singapore in June to present at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. Yosef presented his paper, "Predicting Task Intent from Surface Electromyography Using Layered Hidden Markov Models," coauthored with Kevin Pluckter, Dr. Jun Ueda, and Dr. Karen Feigh. The paper can be accessed via IEEE Xplore.

Prof. Pritchett Participates in RSS Workshop on "Morality and Social Trust in Autonomous Robots"

JULY 18, 2017 - Humans instinctively expect robots to behave morally and make ethical decisions, so how should we start to develop a conceptual theory of morality in machine autonomy in addition to understanding, formalizing, and expressing trust itself? This was the challenge put to CEC Prof. Amy Pritchett as an invited speaker for the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2017 Workshop: Morality and Social Trust in Autonomous Robotics on July 16th at MIT.

When Cognitive Engineering Meets Public Policy

JULY 5, 2017 - CEC Postdoc, Marc Canellas, was recently interviewed to discuss his upcoming IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship where he will serve as a science and technology advisor in Congress and how his experiences in the CEC have prepared him to succeed in that unique role.

CEC Professor, Amy Pritchett, Appointed Head of Penn State Aerospace Engineering

JUNE 28, 2017 - Professor Amy R. Pritchett, founder of the Cognitive Engineering Center, has been appointed as the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. She and her husband, Professor Eric Johnson will be leaving the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering to join the Penn State Aerospace Engineering faculty this fall.

CEC Researchers Earn Best Student Paper Award at ISAP 2017

MAY 10, 2017 -- A team of CEC researchers led by graduate students Martijn Ijtsma and Lanssie Ma with Profs. Amy Pritchett and Karen Feigh won the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award for their paper, “Work Dynamics of Taskwork and Teamwork in Function Allocation for Manned Spaceflight Operations” at the 2017 International Society of Aviation Psychology. The review committee stated that they particularly liked the relevance of the problem and the rigorousness of the research.

Canellas Selected as IEEE-USA Congressional Science and Technology Fellow

APR 2017 -- Marc Canellas has been selected as one of three IEEE-USA Congressional Fellows for 2017-2018. He will serve as an advisor to a Member of Congress next year.

Canellas Defends His PhD in Aerospace Engineering

APR 5, 2017 -- Today, CEC graduate student, Marc Canellas, successfully defended his PhD in Aerospace Engineering, titled, "Decision Making with Incomplete Information." His research was advised by Professor Karen Feigh of the CEC with committee members Prof. Brian German (AE), Prof. Amy Pritchett (AE), Prof. Steve Cross (ISYE), and Prof. Juan Rogers (PUBP).

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