Next-generation Human-systems and Cognitive Engineering Lab

Brandon Pitts serves as a RERC Co-PI

Assistant Professor Brandon Pitts serves as a RERC Co-PI at Purdue University. Professor Brad Duerstock and Professor Brandon Pitts are part of an alliance with the University of Pittsburgh working for an RERC on Physical Access and Transportation that has been awarded 4.75M for 5 years. The focus of the project is greater inclusivity of airplanes and autonomous and electric vehicles.

Four NHanCE members present at HFES 2023

Four attendees were: Dr. Brandon Pitts (Lab Director, Assistant Professor in IE), Nade Liang (Ph.D. Candidate), Maya Luster (Ph.D. Student), and Jing Zang (Ph.D. Student). Dr. Pitts won the 2023 Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award and was named Program Chair of the STTG.

Brandon Pitts Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Brandon Pitts, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, which is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
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Welcome to the Next-generation Human-systems and Cognitive Engineering Lab!

The rapid development of smart technologies and autonomous systems continues to change humans’ roles, expectations, perceptions, and task demands within human-machine systems. At the same time, the demographics of system users who interact with and may benefit from these technological advancements is evolving.

The overall goals of the NHanCE Research lab are to (1) understand how human operators in a wide range of complex transportation, work, and home environments (such as driving, aviation, manufacturing, and healthcare) interact with various next generation technologies and to (2) enhance their performance through interface (re)design. We do so through a series of human-subject experiments. In addition, we have particular interests in aging populations, as they represent the fastest growing age group worldwide. Our areas of research include human factors, cognitive ergonomics, human-automation interaction, multimodal/multisensory information presentation, context-sensitive interface design, and gerontechnology (i.e., aging and technology).

If you are interested in joining the NHanCE lab, please contact:

Dr. Brandon J. Pitts
Assistant Professor
School of Industrial Engineering
Purdue University

315 N. Grant Street
Grissom Hall Room 288
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Tel.: 765-49-40062
Fax: 765-49-47693