Systems Cognition Engineering Laboratory

Nuclear power plant simulator control room with 48 24" monitors for the operator workstation , 3 72" TVs for an overview display, and 6 55" TVs for a control rod workstation.

Systems Cognition Engineering Laboratory (SCEL) is a Human Factors research group with a mission to advance theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge to design and evaluate technology compatible with human for maximizing system level cognitive capabilities for better safety, productivity, security and health at workplaces. SCEL are formerly known as the Virginia Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (VACSE). 

"Our expectations have to be of the highest. The highest priority for us is that we are be able to reach our own expectation... that’s the best we can do. And we can feel comfortable that we have given you the best. And if you appreciate it, great. If you don’t, then we’ve only failed you but we have not failed ourselves. And that’s an important thing for us to remember." - Thomas Keller

SCEL aspires to produce best research that our members can produce. We strive to make that the culture of our laboratory. We constantly seek those with the same commitment to research to join us or collaborate with us. We are located in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. 

Contact Dr. Nathan Lau for comments and inquiries. 


April 18, 2023

Congratulations to Ethan Chi, Yufei Chen, Yuyuan Cao, and Jiaqi Wu for their 2nd place in Outstanding Posters at the 2023 VT ISE Undergraduate Research Symposium!

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March 23, 2023

With Ms. Watson, Forest Middle School, we are starting a new  project funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium to develop an education module called Experiential Learning in Integrated Health Technology Engineering (ELIHTE).

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Jan 15, 2023

With Drs. Williams, ECE and Foti, Psychology at VT, we are starting a new NSF project titled - Leadership Emergence for Synchronous Human-Autonomy Teaming (LEESH).

Nathan Lau hooding Abdul Alhaider at Winter 2022 Convocation.

Dec 16, 2022

Congratulations to Abdul Alhaider on his PhD graduation with the dissertation on A Distributed Situation Awareness Framework to Assess and Design Complex Systems!

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Oct 27, 2022

We just published four conference papers  on  cybersecurity, spatial ability, driving, and surgery at the  2022 Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.