Virginia Cognitive System Engineering (VACSE) is a Human Factors group that conducts research on cognitive work and technology design for complex systems VACSE is located in the Grado Department of Systems and Information Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. Comments and inquiries can be emailed to Dr. Nathan Lau, the founder of VACSE.


Jan 16, 2019
The abstract, Comparing eye-gaze metrics of mental workload in monitoring process plants, is accepted for presentation at the HCI International 2019. Congrats to Wenyan and Nick!

Jan 9th, 2019
VACSE is continuing the collaboration with Dr. Antin at VTTI through the support of a second Safe-D National UTC award to study how seniors adapt to mix-level automated vehicles!
Oct 28th, 2018
Check out latest journal publication on Multi-source Information Fusion to Assess Control Room Operator Performance in Reliability Engineering and System Safety!

Oct 19th, 2018
In collaboration with VTCRI and George Washington University, we published a journal article on automating gaze-based dynamic areas of interest for skill assessment in Surgical Endoscopy.

Oct  5th, 2018
At HFES 2018, Nathan chaired panels on Cybersecurity and Machine Learning while Abdul presented his work on Distributed Situation Awareness in Patient Flow Management.
Oct 1st, 2018
Together with Drs. Williams, Abaid,  and McClure, we are awarded an NSF grant to investigate Balancing Collaboration and Autonomy for Multi-Robot Multi-Human Search and Rescue.

Sep 15th, 2018
Drs. Srinivasan, Nussbaum, Leonessa, Ge, and Lau are awarded an NSF grant to investigate Whole-body Exoskeletons for Advanced Vocational Enhancement. 

Jun 29th, 2018
April 17th,  2018
Check out our latest journal publication on Examining Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructures through Work Domain Analysis in Human Factors!