Hacking the Human Factor: The Prevalence Paradox in Cybersecurity, my Human Factors Prize -winning paper, is available as open access.



I am PI on a 2018 AFOSR YIP grant “Influencing Trust in Cybersecurity by Hacking the Human Factor”.



Dr. Ben D. Sawyer is a Neuroscientist and Human Factors Engineer known for using brainwaves, eye movements, and mathematical theory to build better human-machine teams. His models and algorithms power trustworthy machines that work with their human partners. His design recommendations are leveraged by Fortune 500 companies. His work has been covered by Forbes, Reuters, Fast Company, and The BBC, and more.

Dr. Sawyer has been the recipient of  The Human Factors Prize, for Cybersecurity researchThe K.U. Smith Award for Best HF/E Paper, for  consumer electronics work investigating driving distraction and Google Glass, and an  Outstanding Dissertation Award for work investigating the applied psychophysics of warfighter multitasking. 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.

In addition to scientific pursuits, Dr. Sawyer provides consulting and expert witness  services in matters including distraction, attention, and error.

In his leisure time, Ben enjoys adventure travel with his wife, swimming, sailing the Charles, and building things. He volunteers helping people to learn to repair their own things.  He does not enjoy writing about himself in the third person, and will now stop.

If you would like to get in touch, please do so at the email in my CV, available at the top of the page.

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