Dr. Marc C. Canellas
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Weber Space Science and Technology (SST) Building Rm. 107
275 Ferst Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States




Marc Canellas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cognitive Engineering Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. His PhD is in aerospace engineering but his training is in cognitive engineering: the analysis, design, and evaluation of complex, safety-critical systems that are dependent on human-technology interaction to be successful. His research focuses on how to design decision support systems for warfighters through computational and human-subject studies of decision making with incomplete information.

With an interest in law and policy, he has published work showing how cognitive engineering can provide the foundation for regulating autonomous weapons systems such that humans retain the ability to make necessary legal judgments. He also recently completed his year-long term as the President of the Graduate Student Body at Georgia Tech – representing over 9,500 graduate students and administering a budget of $5.1M.

He has been awarded several honors for his research (e.g. Sam Nunn Security Fellowship and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship) and for his contributions to his universities (e.g. Georgia Tech Campus Life Scholarship and the University of Missouri Unsung Hero Award).



  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia institute of Technology, 2017
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, 2012

Work Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Karen Feigh, Georgia Institute of Technology, AE 3521: Flight Dynamics, Winter Semester, 2013
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dr. Sergei Kopeikin, University of Missouri, 2010 to 2012
  • Founder, spokesman, and conference coordinator, Engineering Connections between Politics and Science for the 21st Century, University of Missouri, 2011-2012
  • Space Policy Analyst Intern, SAE International supported by Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) Program, Washington D.C., 2011

Honors & Distinctions

  • 2016 - Best Poster Award at the Summer Institute for Bounded Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • 2016 - Mitch Keller Lifetime Achievement Award, Georgia Tech
  • 2016 - Campus Life and Community at Tech Scholarship, Georgia Tech
  • 2015 - Colonel Leslie Callahan Memorial Fellow, Georgia Tech
  • 2014-2015 - Sam Nunn Security Fellow, Georgia Tech
  • 2013-2016 - National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2013-2016 - National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (Deferred)
  • 2012-2016 - Goizueta Foundation Fellowship, Georgia Tech
  • 2012 - Presenter of the Most Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Professor at the College of Engineering Commencement, University of Missouri
  • 2012 - Unsung Hero Award, University of Missouri
  • 2011-2012 - McNair Scholar, University of Missouri

Current Memberships & Service

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Society of Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Recent Projects

ONR - Overall Decision Making Process Simulation

Decision makers are consistently asked to make decisions about the course of action required to achieve mission success regardless of the time pressure and the quantity and quality of information available. To be successful, they will adapt their decision strategies to the environment and even use heuristics, simple rules that use little information and can be processed quickly. To support these decision makers, we are designing proactive decision support systems that support adaptive decision making along a range analytic and heuristic strategies.

Map of Cognitive Engineering Center

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