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Cognitive Engineering
Research Institute
7565 East Eagle Crest Dr.
Ste. 105
Mesa, AZ 85207

P: 480-988-7306


In December of 2001, Nancy Cooke and Steven Shope proposed the establishment of an independent, not-for-profit research institute focused on studying, understanding, and developing solutions for problems that occur in complex, distributed socio-technical systems. The institute would connect diverse bodies of research and technological expertise.

CERI moved to the current location in December of 2004. Since then, the scope of research has grown significantly. CERI participates in many activities that are complimentary to the laboratory research being conducted, having hosted numerous workshops focused on real world problems. Most recently, CERI hosted the 4th in a series of workshops focused on the ‘Human Factors of UAVs’.

CERI is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Part of CERI’s mission is to conduct collaborative research with for-profit business and industry, academic institutions, and government entities. CERI has several active Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with entities such as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Arizona State University (ASU).

One benefit to partnering with private industry is that it allows CERI to compete in the Federal Government Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. STTR participation requires a small for-profit business to partner with not-for-profit organizations, like CERI.

CERI works most closely with ASU on research collaborations, offering research assistant positions for graduate and undergraduate students who attend ASU. These students obtain valuable research experience while receiving funding to help pay for school.

CERI also works closely with government entities. One example is the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that CERI has with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). This partnership has been a valuable tool in developing cutting edge technologies. Click here for more details about CERI Research.


Institutional Review Board
In 2007, CERI formed its own IRB to ensure the ethical treatment of human participants. To obtain the Federalwide Assurance number for CERI, please visit http://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/search/asearch.asp.

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