Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors—MS, PhD

Humans meet machines – every day. At Michigan Technological University, we unite both sides of the equation in a variety of settings, including driving, robotics, automation, STEM education, medicine, military, and video games. Our curriculum develops scholars and practitioners who improve human-machine systems through theoretically grounded instruction and technological design. Join us to improve performance, health, decisions, and safety where people interact with technology.

What you’ll work on

You will meet real-world challenges with scientific and evidence-based solutions. The result of getting the psychology right is better technical solutions that are easier to learn and more people adopt. Some examples of projects you’ll work on include decision tools for disaster response, auditory graphs for students who are blind, computational models of experts, in-vehicle motion detection, tools to support cognitive aging, and medical decision-making surrogates.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Applied Ethics
  • Attention
  • Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
  • Experimental Philosophy

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Who you’ll work with

The interdisciplinary Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) program is collaborative and integrates the expertise of psychologists, engineers, philosophers, computer scientists, and usability specialists. Faculty research takes them across the country and into the field. Active research programs have been funded by NSF, NIH, DOT, Michigan Department of Education, DOD, and industry partners.

Faculty Spotlight

Kevin Trewartha

Kevin M. Trewartha
Assistant Professor,
Cognitive and Learning Sciences

“There is an intimate link between motor behavior and cognitive function”

Using a robot and virtual reality displays, Trewartha examines neurodegenerative disease as revealed by motor behavior when learning a novel task. "You can see differences in motor behavior and performance that are indicative of cognitive decline and aging, even in individuals who we would say are normal with cognitive and neurological tests."

Where you’ll work

Go inside our state-of-the-art laboratories, where you’ll find robots, driving simulators, video-game consoles, eye movement and motion tracking systems, physiological measurement tools, and experimental development software that supports both academic and research development.