Assistant Professor, Human Systems Engineering, The Polytechnic School
Robert Gutzwiller studies the critical role of the human in complex systems. His work scientifically applies cognitive engineering to cyberspace, transportation, and defense. His recent research also focuses on engineering human attention (How do humans select what task to do when they are multitasking and overwhelmed, and can models predict this behavior?), human-automation interaction (How do humans learn to interact with and trust complex systems, particularly those which use automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning?), and defensive cyberspace operations (How does a cyber analyst protecting networks develop awareness? Could cognitive techniques be used against would-be attackers to make defenses more robust? How can we build automated defenses that operators trust and understand?).
Gutzwiller has been funded and worked on projects for the Army Research Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense, DARPA, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research, among others.
He is the author of more than 55 peer-reviewed papers cited more than 1866 times, received the Human Factors Society’s Jerome H. Ely Award for the most outstanding journal article, and the Marc Resnick best paper award. Gutzwiller has been recognized for exceptional leadership and mentoring across several multi-disciplinary engineering projects in cyberspace and ship defense systems, receiving leadership and exemplary achievement awards from the United States Navy.
Interested in the lab as a student or professional? Gutzwiller heads the Applied Attention Research (AAR) Laboratory.