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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

  • Research Video
  • Research assistant Hiyong Byun created a video on her research about everyday support needs of deaf older adults. This video is available online.


  • HFA Members Receive Multiple Awards
  • Laboratory Director Wendy Rogers and graduate students Laura Barg-Walkow, Sean McGlynn, and Akanksha Prakash have all recently received awards.


  • 2014 HFA Newsletter
  • Read our latest lab 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
  • 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, Jordan Hartley, Kimberly Preusse, Max Silverman, Danielle Redmond. Middle Row (Left to right): Akanksha Prakash, Melanee Nugent, Angela Tran, Catherine Stephens, Laura Barg-Walkow, Denise Geiskkovitch. Bottom Row (Left to right): Hiyong Byun, Wendy Rogers, Tracy Mitzner, Mimi Phan. Column (Top to bottom): Banafsheh Bonnie Shaoi, Evelyn Chang, Nathan Katica, Christina Harrington.

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-inplace; 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.