Next-generation Human-systems and Cognitive Engineering Lab

Purdue researchers design fully autonomous vehicle for people with disabilities

Duerstock and Brandon Pitts, a Purdue assistant professor of industrial engineering, have worked together for four years on topics related to technology accessibility and inclusive design and have constantly sought opportunities to contribute their ideas to help shape the future of transportation. These ideas are already becoming part of a major national conversation on how to make autonomous transportation more inclusive.

Three NHanCE members present at HFES 2022 and received student awards

During the week of Oct 10th – Oct 14th, the 66th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) was held in Atlanta, GA. Ph.D. Students Maya Luster, Nade Liang and Shree Frazier, Ph.D. delivered oral presentations during the conference. Nade Liang and Maya Luster won HFES Student Member with Honors Award.

Two NHanCE members present at HFES 2021 and won research scholarships

During the week of Oct 4th – Oct 7th, the 65th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) was held in Baltimore, MD. Ph.D. Students Maya Luster and Nade Liang delivered oral presentations during the conference. Nade Liang won a student research scholarship and an honorable mention for his research proposals.
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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
Email: bjpitts@purdue.edu