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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing over $25 million in 26 projects to advance the cognitive and physical capabilities of workers in the context of human-technology interactions. These new awards will address critical social, technical, educational and economic needs in the workplace.

The awards were issued under the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments announced by NSF in 2016.

The new projects will advance human-technology collaboration in the workplace and focus on enhancing productivity, innovation and learning. Research will provide foundations for augmenting human cognition, including:

  • Models for social understanding and interaction.
  • Teaching and learning.
  • Biases in judgment.
  • Attention, memory and more.

Research also will work to advance the field of embodied intelligent cognitive assistants, systems that harness machine intelligence to enhance human cognitive and physical capabilities. These interactive cyber-physical systems involve robots, exoskeletons, virtual reality and augmented reality, including in autonomous vehicles and the built environment.


The funded projects include:


Augmenting and advancing cognitive performance of control room operators for power grid resiliency, Alexandra von Meier, University of California-Berkeley; Anurag Srivastava, Paul Whitney, Anjan Bose, Adam Hahn and Saeed Lotfifard, Washington State University; Gautam Biswas and Abhishek Dubey, Vanderbilt University

Read the NSF press release

Read the Award Abstract


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