Sensory Perception in the Human Research and Engineering Directorate: Thrust Areas and Recent Research

Report No. ARL-SR-0293
Authors: Bruce E Amrein, Mary Binseel, V Grayson CuQlock-Knopp, Kelly Dickerson, Mark Ericson, Paul Fedele, Kim F Fluitt, Ashley Foots, Lamar Garrett, Jeremy Gaston, Paula P Henry, Joel T Kalb
Date/Pages: September 2014; 90 pages
Abstract: The US Army Research Laboratory's (ARL's) Human Research and Engineering Directorate conducts a broad-based program of scientific research and technology development directed into 2 focus areas: 1) enhancing the effectiveness of Soldier performance and Soldier-machine interactions in mission contexts and 2) providing the US Army and ARL with human factors integration leadership to ensure that Soldier performance requirements are adequately considered in technology development and system design. This report provides an overview of ARL/HRED's sensory perception research during 20112014. The goal of this research is to understand the perceptual requirements of interpreting unaided and aided visual, auditory, and tactile signals in complex, dynamic, militarily relevant environments. Research is conducted in 3 areas: 1) fundamental sensory capabilities of the Soldier; 2) methods, devices, and technologies for aiding perception; and 3) advanced approaches for augmenting perception. Models of human visual, auditory, and tactile perceptual capabilities that drive detection, recognition, and spatial orientation are being developed. Ultimately, this research will provide a foundation for principled guidance to the materiel development community.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2014