Bio

Ben D. Sawyer wearing an early version of Google Glass

Ben D. Sawyer, PhD, MSIE with an early Google Glass.

Dr. Ben D. Sawyer is a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s AgeLab, and also provides Human Factors consulting. He studies successes and failures of attention in human-machine systems, especially in the contexts of surface transportation and cybersecurity. His driving distraction evaluation of Google Glass has been covered by Forbes, Reuters, Fast Company, and The BBC.

Sawyer holds a PhD in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology, advised by Peter Hancock and an MS in Industrial Engineering, advised by Waldemar Karwowski. His award winning dissertation was titled “Effects of Signal Probability on Multitasking-based Distraction in Driving, Cyberattack & Battlefield Simulation”.  A  two-time Repperger Research Fellow with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), he performed research with the 711th Human Performance Wing in both their Applied Neuroscience and Battlefield Acoustics (BATMAN group) divisions. While president of UCF’s HFES Chapter, he assisted in founding UCF’s APA Division 21 chapter. He reviews for Human Factors, among other journals, and is involved in Human Factors consulting, and the entrepreneurial business community. Dr. Sawyer has been the recipient of multiple awards for work in both Engineering and Psychology, including the triennial K.U. Smith Award for best HF/E journal article, an APA Division 19 Student Research Award, and the Intelligence Community Academic Excellence Scholarship. Cambridge, Massachusetts is Dr. Sawyer’s present home, where  addition to his scientific interests, Ben is enjoys reading, sailing, hackathons, and adventure travel.  He does not enjoy writing about himself in the third person, and will now stop.

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