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Professor Gilson joined UCF in 1986 after 14 years on the faculty at Ohio State University. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology at Princeton University and his B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Professor Gilson is director of the Ph.D. program in Human Factors and the bulk of his research interests are within that diverse field. He is also the founder and former Director of the Center for Applied Human Factors in Aviation. Current research interests include alerts and warnings, information processing, and simulation and training, particularly as it relates to aerospace vehicles. He also has interests in human/computer interactions and synthetic speech. He has seven (7) U.S. Patents and received UCF’s 1995 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Professor Gilson lives on an island, is a qualified Airline Transport Pilot, and enjoys remodeling houses. Retired 2010.

Professor Gilson is a top scholar in Human Factors Psychology. He has published widely and secured more than $900,000 in funding. Gilson supervised more than 20 dissertations and regularly taught some of the largest undergraduate classes. He approached teaching with the same enthusiasm that he showed in his research and he took great pride in being able to memorize the names of all his students no matter what the size of the class. He is a remarkably generous person and he helped  many junior faculty members and students. Gilson chaired the committee that proposed the development of the Human Factors Psychology doctoral program.

  • Gilson, R. D., & Facci, E. L. (2005). Forensic aviation human factors [Accident/incident analyses for legal proceedings] (in press). In J. A. Wise, V. D. Hopkin, & D. J. Garland (Eds.), Handbook of aviation human factors (2nd Ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Hancock P. A., Mouloua, M., Gilson, R. D., Szalma, J., & Oron-Gilad, T. (2007). Is the UAV control ratio the right question? Ergonomics in Design, 15(1), 7, 30-31.
  • Oron-Gilad, T., Downs, J., Gilson, R. D., & Hancock, P.A. (2007). Vibro-tactile cues for target acquisition. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Part C:Applications and Reviews, 37(5), 993-1004.
  • Mouloua, M., Hancock, P., Rinalducci, E., and Gilson, R. (2005). The use of simulation technology in assessing driver distraction. In D. Vincenzi, M. Mouloua, & J. Wise. Handbook of Virtual Reality and Simulation Training. Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ. (Refereed, International)
  • Terrence, P. I., Brill, J. C., & Gilson, R. D. (2005). Body orientation and the perception of spatial auditory and tactile cues. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Orlando, FL.