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  Research :: Cognitive Systems Engineering

Cognitive work in complex sociotechnical workplaces is characterized by changing collaborative mixes of humans and machines, conducting difficult, challenging, and sometimes risky tasks under conditions of data overload and uncertainty. At the same time, advances in technology have opened new horizons that are changing the nature of work and education, including distance learning, distance collaboration, training support, and performance support.

Cognitive Systems Engineering utilizes methods of Cognitive Task Analysis and Cognitive Field to help envision and design “complex and cognitive systems.” IHMC Cognitive Engineers are "expert apprentices"—that is, they can enter into a domain or organization, arrive at a rich empirical understanding of work practice, and perceive the "true work" that has to be accomplished. This supports the process of revolutionary design.

Cognitive Systems Engineering involves reliance on the Principles of Human-Centered Computing and a theoretical base, called the “Theory of Complex and Cognitive Systems.” This includes a number of laws that describe how cognitive work is conducted in complex sociotechnical contexts and a roadmap for evaluating systems in terms of usefulness and usability.