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:
SEPT 22, 2016 - Ever wondered what it's like to be an Ph.D. advisor or graduate student?CEC Professor, Dr. Karen Feigh, sat down with her advisee, and CEC Ph.D. candidate, Marc Canellas, to discuss their experiences as advisor and student for a Georgia Tech-StoryCorps partnership. In a wide-ranging coversation, they covered topics including what two traits Dr. Feigh looks for in successful graduate students, how Marc picked Tech for graduate school (hint: it wasn't his top choice at first), and the transitions from undergraduate to graduate student and on to professor.
SEPT 22, 2016 - Historically cognitive engineering has been used in a large breadth of domains (aviation, medicine, automobiles). Now, international law and autonomous weapons can be added to the list. Marc Canellas and Rachel Haga, two researchers in the CEC, have published an article in the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (requires IEEE Xplore) showing how cognitive engineering can be used to develop effective technical regulations of autonomous weapons systems (AWS).
SEPT 20, 2016 - Have you always wanted to go to Mars, but maybe the distance was just a bit too far? Head out to Idaho to see NASA's Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains a.k.a. BASALT - one of NASA's premier Mars simulation (or analog) testing locations. One of our own, CEC Ph.D. candidate, Matthew Miller, was there this summer taking the Flight Director's seat as NASA simulated concepts of operations necessary for future human exploration on Mars. He even has a cameo in a featured YouTube video summarizing the BASALT team's work. Well, cameo might be strong, he's in the background at 0:27 in the red hat, but that is famous enough for us!
SEPT 20, 2016: "Could it be possible for a human and a robot to legally wed in the United States?" In a chapter of the recently released book, "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage," CEC and Robotics graduate student, Yosef Razin, published his thoughts on that question along with co-author Dr. Mark Goldfeder of Emory Law School. More than just a simple yes or no, the answer requires an understanding of whether robots could be legal persons subject to marriage laws in the United States and what it would mean for robots to be in consenting relationships.
SEPT 7, 2016: For a few hours on Wednesday, the students of the CEC put down their headphones and left the comfort of their offices to attend the 10th Annual AE Expo. The Expo invites students from all across the School of Aerospace Engineering to learn about different research projects and laboratories. The CEC members presented a summary of their research and met with many new first-year and second-year undergraduates in aerospace engineering.
JULY 1, 2016: Marc Canellas and Karen Feigh (2016) have just published a paper in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making which introduces a mathematical model of fast-and-frugal heuristics that provides a method for integrating fast-and-frugal heuristics (NDM) and naturalistic decision making (NDM) by providing (a) a framework for generating constructive questions about how NDM theories account for FFH components; (b) a basis for prescriptive NDM decision support tools that are easy to communicate, understand, and apply; and (c) a method for approximating experience, expertise, and time pressure.
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: