The Automation Design Advancing People and Technology (ADAPT) Laboratory’s mission is to further our understanding of the relationship between humans and advanced technologies. We study how cyber-human, human-agent, and sociotechnical systems impact human cognitive and social capabilities, cooperation and teamwork, and decision-making performance. We do this by imagining future scenarios of people interacting with technology, simulating those scenarios, and testing those scenarios to see how people react. This research is critical because the future of work will increasingly involve people collaborating with autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, robots and other advanced manufacturing automation.

The ADAPT lab is equipped to conduct mixed methods field research and data analytics in simulated virtual environments to advance our understanding of how people, automation, and organizational processes can improve productivity, quality, and safety in our world. Our main research interests include:

We have received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilience Aging (CIHRA).

Dr. Erin K. Chiou is the Director of the ADAPT Lab at The Polytechnic School, part of the The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Join the Team

We are seeking students with strong organizational, analytical, and writing skills to collaborate with us on our current research projects. Experience collecting and analyzing human subjects data is strongly encouraged for students in engineering. Graduate research assistantships may be available to students in the Human Systems Engineering Ph.D. program, or a closely related Ph.D. program at ASU. Learn more about potential research opportunities in the Join the Lab page!