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.
Sept. 4th 2018 - Last week, CEC graduate student, Michael Portman, successfully proposed his Master’s Thesis in Aerospace Engineering, titled, “Context Dependent Total Energy Alert for the Detection of Low Energy Approaches.” His research will be advised by Dr. Amy Pritchett, Department Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, co-advisor of Dr. Eric Feron, and the final committee member is Dr. Brian German. The presentation is archived here.
Sept. 15th 2017 – Today, CEC graduate student, Andrew Greenhill, successfully proposed his Master’s Thesis in Aerospace Engineering, titled, “Enhanced Flight Vision Systems: Presence of Runway Markings and Visibility Effects on Pilot Performance.” His research will be advised by Dr. Amy Pritchett, co-advisor of Dr. Marcus Holzinger, and the final committee member is Dr. Michael Dorneich from the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering department at Iowa State. The abstract for the proposal is shown below and the presentation is archived here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.