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:
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.
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.
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.
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. Karen Feigh was featured in a recent Georgia Tech news article discussing the increasing number of women in engineering. The disproportionate number of male to female students at Georgia Tech may long have drawn attention to itself – despite the fact that the Institute has established itself as the No. 1 producer of female engineers in the United States. In reality, though, those female engineers have been drawing significant attention of their own.