Professor Richard Catrambone

Sponsor: NASA
Title: Training for generalizable skills & knowledge: Integrating principles and procedures.
Description:  NASA's future long-distance crewed missions will require new levels and types of technical expertise for astronauts throughout mission operations.  As these missions are undertaken, the range of novel and unexpected conditions will be much greater than in the current, relatively well-understood International Space Station (ISS) missions.  Our proposed work investigates the benefits of integrated skills and knowledge for supporting transfer and retention. We are investigating the impact of this form of skills and knowledge in a technical domain that models a critical operational work domain: management of on-board life support systems.  We are using partial simulations of interdependent life support and electrical systems similar to those in use on the ISS and an interface for operating the simulated devices. 

Sponsor: SHARP
Title: Strengthening human adaptive reasoning and problem-solving. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
Description: To effectively develop and explore novel hypotheses and agilely refine these hypotheses in the face of new and changing information, intelligence analysts must apply adaptive reasoning and problem-solving (ARP). Prior research has generally focused on only a subset of capacities that contribute to ARP.  Our focus is to develop a model to specify, quantify, and explore the casual relationships that connect analyst characteristics and intervention performance, as well as to drive and refine hypotheses about how these interventions impact ARP. 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Investigating and improving synthesis problem solving skills in introductory physics via analogical reasoning.  
Description: We investigate and attempt to improve student performance on a relatively overlooked class of problems with real-world relevance: synthesis problems which are problems requiring the application of more than one major concept.  Synthesis problems are ubiquitous in STEM disciplines.  Many real-world situations involve multiple concepts, spanning distinct topics that are not proximally introduced in one textbook chapter.  A solver, therefore, must identify pertinent fundamental principles and synthesize them into a coherent whole to obtain a solution. 

Professor Leslie DeChurch

Sponsor: NASA
Title: Team task switching in astronaut crews on the international space station: Integrating multiteam membership, multiteam systems, multitasking & multidimensional networks to monitor and enable functional work shifts in astronaut crews.
Description: This project seeks to understand cognitive inefficiencies that arise from multiple task, tools, and team switching in long duration space exploration. By understanding what leads to these inefficiencies, we can better prepare astronauts for missions to Mars.

Sponsor: NASA Subaward/Northwestern University
Title: CREWS: Crew recommender for effective work in space
Description: Long distance space exploration (LDSE) missions present a number of challenges, including deciding what astronaut team is best for the mission. This research will provide recommendations for astronauts that are fit to handle the complex issues they will encounter in LDSE missions.

Sponsor: NASA
Title: SCALE: Shared cognitive architectures for long-term exploration
Description: Astronaut teams in long distance space exploration missions need to maintain team shared mental models (SMM). Maintaining SMMs requires the ability to detect cognitive shifts that could lead to ineffective crew functioning and performance. A multidisciplinary research team will leverage expertise in Psychology, Engineering, Anthropology, and Management to understand the critical shifts in team mental models that can be expected over long duration space exploration missions.

Professor Frank Durso

Sponsor: Center for Disease Control -  Subaward/Emory University
Title: Prevention Epicenter of Emory & Atlanta Consortium Hospitals (PEACH)
Description:  The Georgia Tech Team will collaborate with Emory University and Georgia State University. The multidisciplinary team, made up of nurses, physicians, architects, human factor engineers, microbiologists and health care epidemiologists will work to discover new strategies to reduce the spread of existing dangerous germs, including those resistant to many antibiotics, and new problems like Ebola virus disease.

Professor Randall Engle

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research (ONR) – DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program)
Title: The Physiological Underpinnings of Working Memory Capacity: The Role of the Locus Coeruleus
Description: This project will examine working memory capacity at the physiological level using noninvasive indicators of locus coeruleus functioning.

Professor Jim Roberts

Sponsor: National Institute of Health (NIH) Subaward/Emory University
Title: Supervision & Analysis of the TotsItchyQoL and KidsItchyQoL Pilot Surveys
Description: The primary goal for the subaward on this project will be to supervise the psychometric analysis of responses to two new quality of life questionnaires for younger and older children with pruritus (chronic itching). The project will gather initial pilot data on the TotsItchyQoL (a quality of life measure for pediatric pruritus patients ranging from 4-7 years of age) and the KidsItchyQoL (a similar measure for children between the ages of 8-17).

Professor Wendy Rogers

Sponsor: National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging – A Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Title: T32 Training Grant on Research Training in Cognitive Aging
Description: The renewal of this training grant funds two postdoctoral fellows and five pre-doctorate fellows who are conducting research in the field of cognitive aging.

Sponsor: National Institute of Health (NIH) Subaward (P01)/University of Miami
Title: Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE IV)
Description: The goal of this center grant is to understand the specific needs of older adults in the home, their capabilities and limitations in interacting with technologies, the constraints imposed by the purported technological solutions, and the factors that influence acceptance and privacy concerns related to technology in the home.

Sponsor: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living)
Title: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability
Description: The mission of this center is to support research and development that enables older individuals with impairments (e.g., vision, hearing, mobility) to age successfully.

Professor Rick Thomas

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Collaborative Research: A Memory-Based Account of Cue Generation and Prediction
Description: The goal of this project is to develop and test a computational cognitive model of how people utilize cues generated from memory when making inferences and decisions.    

Sponsor: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Title: Research Support Team for Weather Technology in the Cockpit
Description: In this project we evaluate the effectiveness of methods for communicating the uncertainty of meteorological forecast variables to pilots employing next-generation display technologies.

Professor Bruce Walker

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Think Tank (Doctoral Consortium) at ICAD 2015
Description: This project will support a consortium of promising graduate students at both masters and doctoral level, and distinguished research faculty. This “ThinkTank” (Doctoral Consortium) will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2015), in Graz, Austria.

Sponsor: Panasonic Automotive Systems
Title: Empirical Evaluation of Head Unit “Bracketing” User Interface Design
Description: The goals of this project are to research user interface (UI) with respect to infotainment systems that come with cars by: (1) Empirically comparing the bracket UI developed by Panasonic to the traditional two-mode UI and (2) Providing feedback on the bracket UI, in order to help optimize the bracket design.

Professor Mark Wheeler

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Neural mechanisms of age-related changes in perceptual and memory decisions
Description: This project will use fMRI combined with modeling approaches to investigate age-related differences in neural signals underlying perceptual and memory decisions.

Professor Eric Schumacher

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Spatiotemporal Structure of the rs-fMRI Signal Reflects Contributions from Different Types of Brain Activity
Description: The goals of this project are to: 1) identify resting state fMRI analogues of high frequency and very low frequency electrical activity using multimodal experiments and spatiotemporal analysis; 2) determine how spontaneous fluctuations in activity affect the processing of sensory stimuli in rats and humans; 3) show that the resting state fMRI analogues of high and very low frequency activity specifically predict human performance on cognitively-demanding and attention-based tasks, respectively.


Katie England received the 2016 Moll-Davenport Award for Best Psychology Undergraduate and the 2016 Williams-Wall Life Science Award.

Raquel Asencio Hodge (DELTA Lab-DeChurch) received a Goizueta Foundation Fellowship for her volunteer activities in on and off-campus initiatives to increase the prevalence of Hispanic students in STEM fields, as well as a LEAD Fellowship for assisting in the development and execution of a team leadership coaching program to help student organizations build better, stronger teams. 

Shriradha Geigerman (ReCALL Lab-Verhaeghen) received a 2016 Psi-Chi International Honor Society Fellowship.

Emily Lustig (Adult Cognition Lab-Hertzog) and Jonathan Strunk (Memory and Aging Lab-Duarte) received 2016 Fulton County Elder Health Fellowships for achievements in research that directly impacts the lives of older adults in the Community.

Lauren Margulieux (Problem-Solving and Educational Technology Lab-Catrambone) is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the School of Psychology.

Eric Stearman (Cognitive Ergonomics Lab-Durso) is the recipient of the 2015 Best Graduate Student Publication Award for the School of Psychology.

Kelsey Merlo (Work Experience Lab-Weiss) received the 2015 Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the School of Psychology.

Professor Bruce Walker was appointed General Advisory Committee Member and Technical Format Review Advisory Committee Member for DIAGRAM Center. The DIAGRAM Center explores technology applications for students with disabilities. 

Professor Jim Roberts is the recipient of this year's Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award.  This award recognizes faculty members with exceptional response rates and scores on the Course-Instructor Opinion Survey (CIOS). 

Professor Randall Engle has been awarded the 2017 APS Mentor Award. This annual lifetime achievement award was established by the APS Board of Directors to honor members of the discipline who masterfully help students and others discover and pursue their own career and research goals.  The award will be conferred during the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 APS Annual Convention in Boston, MA on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Raquel Ascencio, Joseph McDonald, & Leslie DeChurch (with Toshio Murase, M. Scott Poole, & Noshir Contractor) won the top paper award in the Group Communication Division of the 2015 National Communication Assocation Conference for their paper, "The Effect of Synchronization of Group Processes on Multiteam System Effectiveness" 

The Georgia Tech HFES Chapter received the Outstanding Student Chapter - Gold Level Award and the Gold Award for Best Action Plan (National Ergonomics Month) at the October 2015 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting.

Thom Gable, Sadaf Kazi, and Joe McDonald were recognized as Student Members with Honors at the October 2015 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting. 

Dar-Wei Chen received the Best Student Paper Award - Educational Technical Group, at the October 2015 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting.

Professor Audrey Duarte has been named a 2015 Cullen Peck Scholar. The award includes $10,000 in research or travel funds. The Cullen Peck Scholar awards are made possible through the generosity of CoSAB member Frank Cullen and his wife Libby Peck, who wish to recognize and support faculty development within the College of Sciences.

Professor Phillip Ackerman has been named the recipient of the 2015 APA Division 21 Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of Applied Experimental/Engineering Psychology.

Professor Phillip Ackerman was elected the incoming President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID). He will serve as President-Elect from 2015-2017 and President from 2017-2019. ISSID was founded in 1983 to foster research on individual differences in temperament, intelligence, attitudes, and abilities. The aim of the society is to investigate major dimensions of individual differences in the context of experimental, physiological, pharmacological, clinical, medical, genetical, statistical and social psychology.

Thomas Gable (Graduate Student, Engineering Psychology) received the Senator of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Government Association for academic year 2014-2015.

HFES-GT Student Chapter - Gold Award (2013-2014 School Year)

The national chapter of HFES awarded its highest honor for student chapters, the Gold Award, to Georgia Tech (HFES-GT) in October 2014 at the HFES annual meeting. HFES-GT was recognized for its accomplishments in recruitment, outreach, volunteerism, and technical contributions, among other activities. Accepting the award were Presidents Lauren Margulieux and Laura Barg-Walkow.

HFES-GT Student Chapter -- HFES “Voting Systems of Tomorrow” design competition – First place (academic division). The “Voting System of Tomorrow” design competition was set up by the national chapter of HFES to give human factors teams the opportunity to design a “cutting-edge, innovative, and interactive user experience that would redefine the future of voting.” Among all of the university-based teams that submitted proposals, HFES-GT, led by Thomas Gable, was recognized with the first place designation. The team was recognized at the 2014 HFES annual meeting and is currently working to publish its findings.

Raquel Asencio Hodge (Graduate Student, Industrial/Organizational Psychology), Joe McDonald (Graduate Student, Engineering Psychology), and Leslie DeChurch (Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology) were awarded the Top Four Paper award for their paper submission to the annual National Communication Association Conference. The reference is as follows: Murase, T., Asencio, R., McDonald, J. D., Poole, M. S., DeChurch, L. A., Contractor, N. (2015, November). The effect of entrainment of group processes on multiteam system effectiveness. Paper accepted to the annual National Communication Association conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Raquel Asencio Hodge (Graduate Student, Industrial/Organizational Psychology) and Leslie DeChurch (Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology) were awarded the Best Conference Poster Award (2015) at the annual conference for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) for their work titled: "Enabling teams to self-assemble: The MyDreamTeam builder."

Raquel Asencio Hodge (Graduate Student, Industrial Organizational Psychology) received a Goizueta Fellowship for academic year 2015-2016.

Taylor Curley (Graduate Student, Cognitive Aging) received the 2015 Psychonomic Society Graduate Student Travel Award. 

David Illingworth (Graduate Student, Engineering Psychology) received a Goizueta Foundation Fellowship for academic year 2015-2016.

Professor Wendy Rogers was awarded the 2014 Oliver Hanson Outreach Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognizing “significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind”.

Jimmy Y. Zhong (Graduate Student, Cognition and Brain Science) received second place in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 2014-2015 “Bad Design Atlanta” contest in February 2015.

Professor Randall Engle received the 2014 Beckman Award for his teaching and mentoring. The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust was established in 2008 under the Will of Gail McKnight Beckman to benefit teachers who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities.