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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).

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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences NCATS is also funded by the National Institutes of Health.


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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) is funded by the Department of Education (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research).


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News

  • Wendy Rogers featured
  • Lab Director Wendy Rogers presented at the inaugural X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24, 2014, part of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival. The title of her talk was, "Using the power of research to help us age successfully."


  • Kimberly Preusse featured
  • A project on activity monitors, led by Kimberly Preusse, was featured on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society home page in June.


  • 2013 HFA Newsletter
  • Read our latest newsletter to learn about the lab's accomplishments the past year


  • 2014 Engineering Psychology Newsletter
  • Read the latest newsletter to learn about the engineering psychology program's accomplishments the past year


  • Book Release
  • Fisk, A. D., Rogers, W. A., Charness, N., Czaja, S. J., & Sharit, J. (2009). Designing for older adults: Principles and creative human factors approaches (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Buy this book from CRC Press


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Overview of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory

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Top Row (Left to right): Shelby Long, Cory-Ann Smarr. Bottom Row (Left to right): Michael Morgan, Sean McGlynn, Akanksha Prakash, Mallory Skelton, Evelyn Chang, Elena Marinelli, Wendy Rogers, Tracy Mitzner, Kimberly Preusse, Shawn Kemple, Laura Barg-Walkow. Not pictured: Jenay Beer, Jackie Gilberto, Jordan Hartley, Amanda Hui, Laura Matalenas, Ayah Mostafa, Sara McBride, Brandon Newberry, Katherine Olson, Alex Remillard, Braeden Snook.

At Georgia Tech, human factors and aging is studied from the broad perspective representative of the field of human factors. The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is specifically oriented toward developing a fundamental understanding of aging, cognition, and attention. The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is also committed to bringing that fundamental basic knowledge to bear on design issues important to the quality and safety of activities of daily living encountered by older adults.

What is Successful Aging?

Embedded in the overarching philosophy of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory at Georgia Tech 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.