About CERI


CERI (Cognitive Engineering Research Institute) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute founded by partners from private industry, academia, and government laboratories. CERI brings these sectors together to solve critical collaborative cognition problems and to form pathways from scientific results in the laboratory to implementation in systems of national importance. CERI accomplishes this through human-centered design, problem-oriented research, and multidisciplinary collaboration among scientists and practitioners.

CERI Research Areas

Extreme Environments

Problem - US Special Forces must be able to operate effectively in underground facilities where equipment failure is common.

Objectives - Identify technologies, methodologies, and training approaches needed in military and search and rescue missions.

Approach - Collect information from organizations specializing in underground operations in order to develop underground technologies.

Progress - Development of underground mapping, positioning, and communications technologies.

Remotely Operated Vehicles

Problem - UAV mishap rates are extremely high with many incidents attributed to human error.

Objectives - Unite UAV researchers, operators, and developers to identify and address critical human factors challenges.

Approach - Improving UAV systems by studying team cognition, coordination, and communication of teams and hosting workshops.

Progress - Completing the seventh UAV experiment. Hosted three Human Factors of UAVs Workshops.

Communication and Coordination

Problem - Real-time, objective metrics to assess team performance and cognition are needed for selection and training of teams and decision aiding.

Objectives - Automate analysis of communications data; use communications data as an index of team cognition and coordination.

Approach - Design and validate team level measures, analyze content and flow of communication and associate patterns with performance, decision making, and loss of situation awareness.

Progress - Developed and tested new communication flow, coordination, and team situation awareness metrics.

Healthcare Systems

Problem - Healthcare environments are complex, dynamic, and information rich, technologies are often introduced with little consideration of human needs.

Objectives - Provide research model encouraging participation of all related disciplines working together to solve problems.

Approach - Communication and cognitive task analyses, field studies, observation, laboratory experiments, and modeling.

Progress - Establishing partnerships with various organizations in the medical field (i.e. Banner Health Systems and Hill Rom).

Emergency Response Operations

Problem - Emergency response operations in recent years have fallen short of expectations.

Objectives - Establish methods and procedures to assess performance of Emergency Response Teams.

Approach - Field studies, observations, interviews, communications analysis, and laboratory experiments.

Progress - Forming a consortium with the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, local Arizona research and development partners, and emergency management personnel to develop user-centered technologies for use in emergency response.

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