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5810 South Sossaman Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212 -5826
What exactly does CERI study?
CERI conducts research on individual and team performance and
processes (e.g., coordination, situation awareness). In general,
CERI aims to understand how people interact with technology and each
other in cognitively demanding work domains. Once the factors that
impact performance and processes are identified, this knowledge can
be applied to training methodologies and system designs to improve
What is cognitive engineering?
Cognitive Engineering is critically important in today’s society due
to the fact that tasks are becoming increasingly complex. The goal
of cognitive engineering is to better design these system with the
human in mind. Cognitive engineering is also striving to develop
better tools for real–time human performance assessment, monitoring,
and intervention. A properly designed complex system benefits
society in many ways: optimal systems mean higher system
effectiveness, the safety and reliability of these systems is
improved, and training costs are reduced.
Why is this research necessary?
Teams are often highly distributed with individual team members
spanning the globe. In addition to dealing with the coordination
constraints inherent of distributed teams, members also have to work
with ever-changing technology. Humans and machines constantly
interact, and while this network-centric, socio-technical,
environments provides tremendous improvements in society, there are
lurking problems. Systems are becoming so complex and distributed
that oversight and monitoring is falling behind and effective design
and implementation is becoming difficult. Critical infrastructure
systems such as nuclear energy, power distribution, air traffic
control, and homeland security are becoming more susceptible to
hidden flaws in system design, operation, and training.
Additionally, training is becoming more and more expensive as
complex systems are rarely designed with training in mind. In the
military, the training costs associated with the life cycle of a
weapons system is often an order of magnitude higher than the
hardware costs of the entire system.
How does this research benefit society?
Teams are a ubiquitous part of society (i.e. sports teams, military
teams, emergency response teams, medical teams, etc.). Research
involving teams can lead to better team training procedures, better
teams, and more satisfactory teamwork outcomes. It can also lead to
a more efficient and safer working environment.
What domains does your research apply to?
Our research applies to all types of teams and collaborative team
efforts. Some examples of where our research is beneficial are:
· UAV command & control and data exploitation
· Planning (Military, emergency response)
· Extreme Environments
· Emergency management
· Homeland Security
What is team cognition?
The collaborative cognitive processes such as coordination and
communication, planning, decision making, and situation assessment
that teams exhibit when accomplishing a task.
I see you have many psychologists as researchers. I thought
psychologists did counseling – is there more to psychology than I
There are many different aspects of behavior that psychologists
study. These topics go well beyond clinical psychology. Some
examples of other areas of psychology are:
· Consumer Psychology
· Education Psychology
· Human Factors Psychology
· Industrial/Organizational Psychology
· Social Psychology
· Sports Psychology
· Training Psychology
I’m a student; what opportunities are there for me at CERI?
For information regarding research
opportunities, please click here.