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Jacob Keller

  • Student Assistant 4, Integrated Systems Engineering
  • 1971 Neil Ave
    Columbus, OH 43210


B.S. Human Systems Integration, The Ohio State University, Expected December 2020


Jacob is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Human Systems Integration. His research involvement began in Autumn 2018, and since then he has greatly enjoyed the distinct challenges and perspectives found when working in highly complex and uncertain work domains. He has contributed to lab efforts in software resilience engineering, intelligence analysis, and human-robot interaction in space operations. His passion and interest lies in leveraging the analytical frameworks of cognitive systems engineering to bridge techncial challenges in space operations. In the future, he hopes to contribute to the creation of next-generation decision support systems to increase astronaut crew autonomy for deep-space missions, as environmental constraints such as disrupted communications call for an increasingly earth-indepedent work system architectures.  


Jacob's undergraduate degree is entirely unique, consisting of a highly interdisciplinary curriculum created with the support of Dr. Mike Rayo and Dr. Rich Jagacinski in the Integrated Systems Engineering and Psychology departments, respectively. His curriculum has included courses in cognitive psychology, cognitive engineering, aviation human factors, and visual analytics. Aside from his experiences in CSEL, Jacob has also worked closely with the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation to help create evaluation criteria for autonomous flight safety systems (AFSS) utilized in commercial space launches. His student team proposed a policy solution enabling advances in commercial use of AFSS while preserving ethical integrity and public safety. His undergraduate research thesis consists of a critical analysis of these emerging systems, providing a novel perspective outlining newfound weaknesses introduced by the automation of a complex and mission-critical task. 


You can find a more detailed account of Jacob's proficiencies and experiences on his LinkedIn profile.