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

Human Factors & Aging Lab Presents at HFES-Health Conference

April 9, 2018

Members of the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory recently presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) - Health conference held in Boston, Ma on March 26th-28th.  Pictured are Kenny Blocker, Maurita Harris, and Rachel Stuck, all members of the lab. 

Dr. Rogers and Kenneth Blocker co-author chapter in newly released book

April 6, 2018

Dr. Wendy Rogers, laboratory director, and Kenneth Blocker, graduate student, have been featured in the new book entitled Aging, Technology, and Health edited by Richard Pak and Anne Collins-McLaughlin.  Rogers and Blocker co-authored a chapter in this book that takes a case study approach focusing on how older adults use technology for health and issues of technology adoption, basic human factors, cognitive aging, mental health and automaton. 
Aging, Technology, and Health is now available on Amazon.

Dr. Rogers Interviewed for the BBC's "The Digital Human" Podcast

March 5, 2018

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory's Dr. Wendy Rogers was interviewed by BBC's Aleks Krotoski for The Digital Human podcast and discussed the laboratory's work related to human-robot interaction and older adults.  The episode is free so click here to listen!