The Cognition and Neuroergonomics (CaN) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA): Scientific Vision, Approach, and Translational Paths

Report No. ARL-SR-0252
Authors: Kelvin S. Oie, Kaleb McDowell, Jason Metcalfe, W. David Hairston, Scott Kerick, Tim Lee, and Scott Makeig
Date/Pages: September 2012; 74 pages
Abstract: The Cognition and Neuroergonomics (CaN) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) has recently been formed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and a consortium of leading industry and academic research partners. The CaN CTA seeks to build upon our knowledge of neuroscience, human factors, psychology, and engineering to enhance our understanding of Soldier brain function and behavior in complex operational settings, assessed outside the confines of standard research laboratories. To do so, new approaches to neuroscientific inquiry are needed to overcome the scientific and technological barriers that have limited previous research efforts. This report discusses these barriers, and presents the overall CaN CTA scientific vision and approach to overcoming them, as well as describes three initial transitions that outline paths that will result in practical solutions to address Army problems and unmet needs.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2012