Robert Gutzwiller studies the critical role of the human in complex systems. His work scientifically applies cognitive engineering to healthcare, cyberspace, transportation, and defense. His recent research focuses on studying and engineering 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 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 properties of attention be used against would-be attackers to make defenses more robust?). Interested persons or media should contact him directly to discuss his work.
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 30 peer-reviewed papers, and recently received the Human Factors Society’s Jerome H. Ely Award for the most outstanding journal article in 2016, and the Marc Resnick best paper award in 2018. 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 in 2017 and 2018.