Leanne Hirshfield receives research grant from the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program

January 29, 2014

Her project is titled “Understanding the Effects of Cyber Attacks on Human Operators”

Leanne Hirshfield, research associate professor in the Newhouse School, is the recipient of a three-year grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for her work on “Understanding the Effects of Cyber Attacks on Human Operators.”


The funding comes from the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP), which is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program seeks to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

The AFOSR awarded approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers through YIP.

Hirshfield specializes in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research explores the use of non-invasive brain measurement to passively classify people’s mental states in order to enhance usability testing and adaptive system design, and to advance research in communications and new media. She runs a state-of-the-art HCI lab, which contains over $500,000 of non-invasive cognitive, physiological and behavioral measurement devices.