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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 Health and Human Services (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research).


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News

  • Student Awards
  • Graduate students Christina Harrington and Laura Barg-Walkow recently received recognition for their work. Christina won the HFES Aging Technical Group Scholarship and Laura was selected as a Foley Scholar Finalist. Congratulations!


  • HFA's Global Impact
  • Lab Director Wendy Rogers is presenting lab research in 4 countries on 3 continents in the next 1.5 months. She will be at international conferences in Suzhou, China; Kobe, Japan; Groningen, the Netherlands; and Los Angeles, USA (more details on the news page). Safe travels!


  • 2015 HFA Newsletter
  • Read our latest lab newsletter to learn about the lab's accomplishments the past year


  • 2015 Engineering Psychology Newsletter
  • Read the latest newsletter to learn about the engineering psychology program's accomplishments the past year


  • Book Release
  • Click here to see the books published in our Human Factors and Aging Series.


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Overview of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory

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Top Row (Left to right): Sean McGlynn, Josh Whitley, Michael Bixter, Josh Terry, Rachel Stuck, Kenneth Blocker. Middle Row (Left to right): Akanksha Prakash, Jordan Hartley, Kimberly Preusse, Banafsheh Bonnie Shaoi, Amy Wing-Lam Chong, Laura Barg-Walkow. Bottom Row (Left to right): Wendy Rogers, Tracy Mitzner, Alessandra Zhang. Headshots (Left to right): Timothy Perry, Amrutha Vasan, Christina Harrington, Kaitlyn Shinault.

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology focuses on understanding the fundamentals of psychology as they relate to 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 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 Department of Education Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (www.techsage.gatech.edu). We are also an active member of the Aware Home Research Initiative (http:// awarehome.imtc.gatech.edu).

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.