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HFA Project Highlighted on NPR

Laboratory Director Wendy Rogers was interviewed by NPR. In this article, Wendy discussed an HFA project on how technologies can connect people during mealtimes.

Hiyong Byun's Research Video

Hiyong Byun

Research assistant Hiyong Byun received a President’s Undergraduate Research Award as part of her work in the HFA Lab. She created a video about her research on everyday support needs of deaf older adults. This video is available online

Dr. Wendy Rogers receives the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award

Wendy Rogers

The Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognizes and nonmembers who engage in significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind. Please join us in congratulating Wendy for her achievement! The award was announced at the HFES 2014 National Conference. Pictured is Wendy receiving the award from the Award Chair Dr. Richard Hornick

Multiple HFA Students Receive Honors

Laura Barg-Walkow

Graduate students Laura Barg-Walkow, Sean McGlynn, and Akanksha Prakash (pictured) recently received awards. Congratulations!

  • Akanksha Prakash (pictured) was designated a Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Student Member with Honors.
  • Sean McGlynn receivde the "Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Authority of Fulton County Scholar Award."
  • Laura Barg-Walkow was named as a George Health Systems Fellow by the Georgia Tech/Emory University Health Systems Institute.
  • Laura Barg-Walkow was also selected as a GVU Foley Scholar Finalist.

  • Panel on Aging

    Tracy Mitzner is participated in a panel on “Managing Your Role as Caregiver” at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.

    Wendy Rogers featured in a robotics roundtable

    Wendy Rogers

    Wendy Rogers, together with Magnus Egerstedt and Gary McMurray, discussed "the future of robotics and its implications on industry, research and society" in robotics roundtable. The video can be accessed on this website.

    IROS 2014 Workshop on Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities


    In September, Wendy Rogers participated in an interdisciplinary workshop on Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities: HRI Issues and Beyond. More information can be found at the IROS 2014 website.

    Kimberly Preusse featured

    Kimberly Preusse

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

    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."

    2014 Atlanta Science Festival

    Atlanta Science Festival

    Members of the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory participated in the first-ever Atlanta Science Festival! We engaged people of all ages in learning about science through a demonstration of our work.

    Akanksha Prakash featured

    Akanksha Prakash

    Akanksha Prakash has been featured in the Winter/Spring 2014 Research Horizons magazine! You can find the specific article on page 43. This article features her Master's Thesis work. Congratulations, Akanksha!

    NIDRR research center featured

    The Technologies to Support Successful Aging research center was featured on the Georgia Tech home page! This research center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

    Research Social

    Laura Barg-Walkow

    Laura Barg-Walkow participated in the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning's research social. Laura presented about the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory, and learned about other current research on aging.

    NIDRR funding for a research center

    Georgia Tech (including the Human Factors and Aging Lab!) is now the home of the Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)!

    Laura Barg-Walkow Student Member with Honors

    Laura Barg-Walkow

    Congrats to graduate student, Laura H. Barg-Walkow, who has been awarded with the Student Members with Honors Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. This award was announced at the 2013 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in San Diego. Great job, Laura; we are proud of you!

    Akanksha Prakash featured

    Akanksha Prakash

    Akanksha Prakash has been featured on multiple websites for Master's Thesis work! You can see Akanksha on multiple websites, including NBC News and Scientific American

    Science20 features article on assistive robots for caregivers

    Congrats Dr. Wendy Rogers, Dr. Tracy Mitzner and Lorenza Tiberio! They have been featured in this article about their research on robot assistance for caregivers! Read the article to learn more!

    Griffin Daily features Michael Morgan on front page news

    Michael Morgan

    Michael Morgan has been featured on the front page of the Griffin Daily for a recruitment talk he gave in July! You can see Michael at Griffin Daily News promoting our lab's research (see bottom front page)! Great job Michael!

    NYT features article on helper robots

    Dr. Wendy Rogers, director of the HFA lab, has been featured in this NYT article, one of the most emailed articles in the Times! The lab is mentioned in the following quote "A recent Georgia Tech study found that older people were intrigued by the idea of robotic assistants in the home, but a robot’s appearance played a large role in what they will trust the machines to do." Click on the article to read more!

    Examining caregivers' willingness to use a robot

    PR2 assistance to caregivers

    Congrats to associate director, Dr. Tracy Mitzner, interviewed in NBC news and Medical Daily. This work, conducted by Dr. Tracy Mitzner and visiting scholar Lorenza Tiberio, investigated medical caregivers' willingness to accept assistance from robots in home healthcare! This research was recently published at the Computer-Human Interaction Conference (CHI) 2013 in Paris, France!

    Dr. Cara Fausset wins George E. Briggs Dissertation Award

    Cara Fausset

    Congrats to alumna, Dr. Cara Fausset, who has been given the American Psychological Association George E. Briggs Dissertation Award! Mark your calendars to support Cara in an upcoming talk, as she has been invited to deliver an address at the August 2014 APA Convention in Washington DC. Great job, Cara! Cara is currently employed with the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

    Cory-Ann Smarr featured on HFES News for work in HRI

    Cory-Ann Smarr

    Congrats to graduate student, Cory-Ann Smarr, who has been featured in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society news and RedOrbit. The featured HRI work is a collaboration between the HFA Lab and the Healthcare Robotics Lab. The research investigated older adults willingness to accept assistance from robots in the home. You can hear more about this work at the HFES2012 conference, look for Cory's talk in the Aging TG session.

    Sara McBride Student Member with Honors

    Sara McBride

    Congrats to graduate student, Sara E. McBride, who has been awarded with the Student Members with Honors Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. This award was announced at the 2012 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in Boston. Great job, Sara; we are proud of you!

    Alumnus Dr. Sung Park wins award

    Join us in congratulating Alumnus Dr. Sung Park, now employed with Samsung, who received IDEA (International Design Excellence Awards) gold award for Samsung's digital X-ray system user experience!

    GATSBII - Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Award Finalist

    Congratualationt to the robot, GATSBII, and the Georgia Tech PR2 team for being an Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Award Finalist! GATSBII is being highlighted for being "a provocative alternative in senior healthcare." The award ceremony will be held in Septamber, so more news to come! Read more about the Atlanta Groundbreaker Award!

    Designing Robots for All Ages

    Wendy Rogers head shot

    "Imagine a house that can help its aging occupant figure out why his arthritis is acting up, or a robot that can remind your grandmother to take her medications. Wendy Rogers is working to make that future a reality." Wendy Rogers is featured in the APA monitor for her research! More can be read here!

    HFA and HRL Collaboration Featured in FABBS


    The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences highlights human-robot interaction research conducted by the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory and the Healthcare Robotics Laboratory. This inter-disciplinary research focuses what tasks older adults might want a robot to assist with. Click here to learn more about this exciting collaboration. A picture of the graduate students with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed can be viewed here

    Meet Your Grandparents' Robot Assistant - TEDx Talk

    Jenay Beer

    Graduate student Jenay Beer recently gave a TEDx Georgia Tech talk titled "Meet Your Grandparents' Assistant: The Domestic Robot". You can learn more about how mobile manipulator robots, such as Georgia Tech's GATSBII, can assist older adults in the home, watch the TED video! You can also read about this research on the GVU news page.

    PR2 won the WSJ Technology Innovation Award

    PR2 head shot

    The PR2 has won the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Award for Robotics. Here's a link to the electronic version of the article (hint: you will need to scroll a bit to find the robotics section).

    Jenay Beer is a Foley Scholar Finalist

    PR2 head shot

    Jenay Beer was selected as a GVU Foley Scholar Finalist for her research in human-robot interaction and older adults. Click here learn more about Jenay's research, as well as the other Foley Scholar finalists.

    John Burnett featured in Georgia Tech News Digest

    Older adult using computer

    Check out a Georgia Tech sponsored news release about John's research on how computers may provide connections for older adults! That is, older adults reported finding computers helpful for communication activities. More about this research can be read here.

    Cory-Ann Smarr investigates motion and emotion of robotic agents

    Cory-Ann Smarr with iCat

    Learn about social robotics! The Georgia Tech College of Sciences reseased a video higlighting Cory-Ann's research on the dynamic formation of emotion expression displayed by a virtual robot. Watch her video to learn more!

    Check out our NEW 2011 newsletter

    Our new 2011 Newsletter is now available. This newsletter highlights the exciting research our lab has conducted in the past year. To view older newsletters refer to our publications page, or contact Jenay Beer to request a PDF.

    GATSBII featured in Scientific American

    Read about GATSBII in an article in Scientific American. The article details our work with GATSBII and has a reference to the Aware Home as well.

    GATSBII featured on CNN

    Congratulations to Dr. Kemp and everyone on the GATSBII team for a PR2 demo on CNN. The demo was a milestone for PR2. The first nationally televised, LIVE, sensor based demo with a PR2.

    Dr. Wendy Rogers wins the Paul M. Fitts Award

    The Paul M. Fitts Education Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognizes a person who has made exceptional contributions to the education and training of HF/E specialists. Please join us in congratulating Wendy for her achievement! The award was announced at the HFES 2010 National Conference.

    Jenay Beer selected for APA Early Graduate Award

    Jenay Beer with iCat

    The purpose of the Early Graduate Student Research Awards program is to recognize students for their outstanding research early in their graduate training. Jenay's work on facial expressions of social robots and human robot interaction was recognized by this award.

    Cara Bailey Fausset selected for HFES Aging Technical Group Scholarship

    Cara Fausset with award

    Cara has ben awarded the 2010 HFES Aging Technical Group Scholarship. This scholarship was given for to Cara for her outstanding research on aging, specifically her work on understanding how older adults comprehend quantitative health-related information. Congratulations Cara!

    HFA Research featured in the New York Times and Forbes Magazine

    HFA lab research was featured in a recent article in the New York Times discussing how advances in technology aid children in monitoring older parents. Drs. Wendy Rogers and Kelly Caine are quoted. We were also mentioned in a Forbes article about technologies that support aging in place.

    Dr. Wendy Rogers interviewed for "Art of Talking Science" Class

    Dr. Wendy Rogers was interviewed as part of a class project by students Frances Chiang, Priya Nakra, and Sarah Weber. The class was entitled "The Art of Talking Science" and was taught by Dean Paul Houston. You can download and listen to the podcast here. The students would like to acknowledge Warren van Nus, Thomas Lockwood, and Dean Houston for their help with the podcast.

    HFA and HRL to receive the PR2 robot

    The HFA Lab and Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech have been approved to receive Willow Garage’s PR2 robot. The collaboration will study the PR2 in the Aware Home, focusing on how robots can help with homecare and creative assistive capabilities for older adults!

    Dr. Tim Nichols featured in Psychological Science Agenda

    Tim Nichols

    Read about alumnus Tim Nichols's interesting career as a video game user researcher for Microsoft Gaming Studios!




    Is My Robot Happy To See Me?

    Jenay Beer with iCat

    How well do older and younger adults interpret virtual robotic facial expressions? Drs. Arthur Fisk, Wendy Rogers, and graduate student Jenay Beer are researching emotive robots. Read Georgia Tech home page news article and listen to WABE NPR radio news release! Read more about their work, published as a HFES 2009 conference proceedings.

    Older Adults Want Robots That Do More Than Vacuum

    Service robot serving a meal

    Drs. Arthur Fisk, Wendy Rogers, and Neta Ezer's work in human-robotic interaction was featured on the HFES home page! Read more about their work, published as a HFES 2009 conference proceedings.

    Aware Home Technology to Support Aging-In-Place

    Dr. Wendy Rogers presented at the Indiana University School of Informatics Distributed Educations colloquia lecture series. You may view her online lecture.

    Drs. Arthur Fisk and Wendy Rogers featured in APA Grand Challenges Booklet

    Society's Grand Challenges logo

    Drs. Arthur Fisk and Wendy Rogers are featured in the American Psychological Association Science Directorate's Society's Grand Challenges: Prolonging Vitality.