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

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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

Rachel Stuck Presents at PETRA

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June 23, 2017

Rachel Stuck presented "Understanding Older Adults' Perceptions of Factors that Support Trust in Human and Robot Care Providers" at the Assistive Robots: Technological Challenges and the User Perspective Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments on June 23rd, 2017 in Rhodes, Greece. The conference program can be found here.

Ranjani Sundaresan Receives Undergraduate Research Award

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June 2017

Ranjani Sundaresan received a President's Undergraduate Research Award which will support her future research on Spatial Presence in Virtual Reality during the Fall 2017 semester. Ranjani is a second year undergraduate Psychology major at Georgia Tech. This research will be done in collaboration with Sean McGlynn on his dissertation project.

Sean McGlynn Receives Travel Awards

Sean McGlynn

June 2017

Sean McGlynn recently received a 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Travel Award for his submission on Spatial Presence in Virtual Reality. He was also selected to receive the Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship, which was awarded by the American Psychological Foundation to the top seven submissions. Sean will be presenting this research at the 2017 APA Conference in Washington, DC.