Aerospace Human Factors Research

Carla Hackworth, Ph.D., Manager

The Aerospace Human Factors Research Division conducts an integrated program of field and laboratory research in organizational and human factors aspects of aviation work environments. Research includes, but is not limited to,

  • assessments of human performance under various conditions of impairment;
  • human error analysis and remediation;
  • agency work force optimization;
  • training analysis and career enhancement;
  • assessing the impact of advanced automated systems on personnel requirements and performance;
  • human factors evaluations of performance changes associated with advanced multifunction displays and controls in general aviation and air traffic control, and
  • the psychophysiological effects of workload and shift work on job proficiency and safety in aviation-related human-machine systems.


This research is accomplished within two research laboratories, the Flight Deck Human Factors Research Laboratory and the NAS Human Factors Safety Research Laboratory.




Last updated: Tuesday, October 3, 2017