Overview

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory focuses on understanding the fundamentals of human behavior in the context of technology interactions. Our research areas include healthcare technologies; design for aging; technology acceptance; human-automation interaction; aging-in-place; human-robot interaction; cognitive aging; aging with disabilities; and skill acquisition and training.

The laboratory is funded in part by: the National Institutes of Health as part of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (www.create-center.org); and the Administration for Community Living through the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (www.techsage.gatech.edu). 

What is Successful Aging?

Embedded in the overarching philosophy of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is the belief in the importance of understanding successful aging. Our research activities are motivated by that goal. The concept of successful aging refers to factors that allow individuals to function effectively and successfully as they age. Our research does not emphasize loss of function associated with aging; rather, we wish to understand factors that are responsible for retaining, or even enhancing, a person’s ability to function in later life. Our research efforts are conducted within the framework of human factors science and application. As such, our research continues to contribute to the fundamental, scientific knowledge concerning adults’ (of all ages) capabilities and limitations. We are particularly interested in understanding perceptual, cognitive, and movement control capabilities and limitations. Because of the human factors focus, we strive to apply that scientific knowledge to better design products, environments, and training programs. Through application of our scientific data we hope to accomplish the goal of helping each other enjoy the added longevity that people experience in today’s world.

Sponsors

Click here to go to the CREATE Center's website!

Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) is funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging).

Click here to go to the TechSAge website!

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research).

Points of Excellence

  • Our research advances both science and practice
  • We aim to improve quality of life for adults of all ages
  • Students graduating from our lab are very successful

News

Congratulations to Kenny Blocker

Kenny receives the Arnold Small Award
October 11, 2017

Kenneth Blocker was awarded the Arnold Small Award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Aging TG business meeting. His Human Factors and Ergonomics Society sumbission, "Understanding the Medicatoin Adherence Strategies of Older Adults with Hypertension," was rated very positively across three reviewers as well as the final review performed by the program chair. Congratulations to Kenny for winning the best paper award from the Aging TG!

Rogers and McGlynn Welcomed at IBM Aging-in-Place Lab

A picture of Rogers and McGlynn at the IBM Aging-in-Place Lab.
October 10, 2017

Wendy Rogers and Sean McGlynn were welcomed at the IBM Aging-in-Place lab in Austin, TX Tuesday morning. They met with Susann Keohane who is Global Research Leader, Strategic Initiative on Aging.

Congratulations to Dr. Lyndsie Koon

September 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Lyndsie Koon! She is the Co-Principal Investigator on a Pilot Grant Project from the Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology (CHART), with Dr. RS Sreenivas in the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Department. The title of their grant is Examining the Facilitators and Barriers to Using Digital Home Assistants for Older Adults.