A cognitive system performs the cognitive work of knowing, understanding, planning, deciding, problem solving, analyzing, synthesizing, assessing, and judging as they are fully integrated with perceiving and acting. It is a distributed system in which people with diverse roles and capabilities, and with the assistance of technological capabilities, collaborate in the planning and performance of cognitive work.

The design of a cognitive system requires a special set of analysis and design tools. I rely on the framework of Cognitive Work Analysis and the strategy of Functional (Ecological) Workspace Design. The papers, books and tutorials available on this site offer a guide.



Cognitive Systems Design

The Design of Cognitive Systems

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Special Topics

The AirSpace as a Cognitive System

A Paradigm Shift in Safety Management

Modeling of Cognitive Workflow with the Brahms Simulation Environment



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