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:
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 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.
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."
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.