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Robert Rauschenberger, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rauschenberger is currently the Vice President, Director of Human Factors at J.S. Held. He has over 25 years of experience conducting research on topics of visual attention and distraction, the organization of perceptual information, product design, user experience, risk communication effectiveness, and consumer decision-making. He leverages this experience in legal cases across industries, including product liability/failure to warn cases, class actions (both at the certification and at the merits stages), Proposition 65, and web design cases, for which he has testified in deposition and at trial, in both federal and state court. Dr. Rauschenberger has also designed and tested products across various industries and will continue to do so in J.S. Held’s state-of-the-art scientific user research labs, which are populated with highly degreed experts in their respective fields.

Over the past decade-plus, Dr. Rauschenberger has cultivated specific expertise in the evaluation of mixed reality (MR) products. His professional background also disposes him toward the evaluation of healthcare products and services. Given his work in both the reactive (failure analysis, litigation support) and proactive (user experience research) realms, Dr. Rauschenberger’s user research is informed by insights gleaned from alleged product failures on the reactive side of his practice, and his expert witness testimony is given with the authority of someone who is actively engaged in the evaluation and development of products and services.

Before joining J.S. Held, Dr. Rauschenberger was a Principal at Exponent, Inc., where he oversaw a team of over 20 researchers and the network of user research labs that formed the Centers for Scientific User Research. Prior to Exponent, Dr. Rauschenberger was a Principal Scientist at Siemens Corporate Research, where he managed the research in user experience across the breadth of the Siemens product portfolio for the North American market (healthcare, consumer, online, automotive, industrial) and supported the product development lifecycle for a variety of products, from ideation to interaction design to validation.

Key Expertise

  • User Experience Research
  • Human Factors Analysis
  • Product Liability & Class Action Litigation Support
  • Risk Analysis & Communication
  • Consumer Decision-Making Analysis

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training

  • Fellow, Psychonomic Society
  • Member, Vision Sciences Society
  • Program Chair and Co-Chair, Healthcare Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Editorial Board Member of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
  • Scientific Committee Member, European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP)
  • Organizer, Conference for Object Perception and Memory (OPAM)
  • Grant Selection Committee Member, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)E
  • Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Grant Reviewer, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, 2008-2011
  • Professional Educator on Medical Device Design, Drexel University
  • Professional Educator on Human Factors Forensics, Arizona State University