Ben D. Sawyer is a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT AgeLab. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Sawyer's present research interests address successes and failures of attention in human-machine systems. Exploring such cognition has led him to apply psychology, neuroscience and engineering in diverse contexts including surface transport, cybersecurity, dismounted combat, and human-robotic teaming. His research has been covered by Forbes, Reuters, Fast Company, and The BBC, among others.
Before coming to MIT, Dr. Sawyer was a two-time Repperger Scholar with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), where he worked with the 711th Human Performance Wing in both their Battlefield Acoustics and Applied Neuroscience divisions. Among other recognition, he has received the triennial K.U. Smith Award for best HF/E journal article, and the Intelligence Community Academic Excellence Scholarship.