Engineering psychologists are applied scientists who develop knowledge concerning the capabilities and limitations of humans to sense, store, and process information, and to act. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human/machine systems. Depending on its mission, the system is then optimized with respect to human performance. The environmental factors affecting system performance are recognized as important and are considered systematically. When relevant data are not available, the engineering psychologist must uncover it through research efforts. This requires considerable skill in experimental design and quantitative methodology.
The engineering psychologist is primarily an applied experimental psychologist. For this reason, the foundation areas of research are the various content areas of experimental psychology. Work in the Engineering Psychology program at Georgia Tech includes:
- human-computer interaction
- human-automation interaction
- educational technology
- multi-modal attention
- the development and evaluation of auditory and multi-modal interfaces
- assistive technology
- team cognition and team coordination
- dynamical systems in psychology
- instructional design
- as well as other topics.
Researchers in the Engineering Psychology program at Georgia Tech collaborate with other departments and organizations at the institute, including
- the Aware Home
- the GVU Center
- school of physics
- school of public policy
- college of computing
- school of music
- college of design
To learn more about specific research conducted in Engineering Psychology at Georgia Tech, visit the Laboratories page.
There is a colloquium series at which students and invited speakers present their research. For more information, please see the events section on the Home page.