Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Newly established along with the CAST, the Information for Mixed Squads (INFORMS) laboratory is a first of its kind space for rapid ideation and prototyping, and a keystone for the development and integration of DEVCOM ARLs technologies into the Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV). The INFORMS Lab supports integrated simulation exercises and experiments with mixed teams of humans and agents, both real-world and virtual. Future extensions will support study of distributed operations through synchronous exercises with NGCV simulators at remote locations (e.g. DEVCOM GVSC in Warren, MI) as well as with teams of dismounted Soldiers and robots outside of the laboratory.
Advancing intelligent technologies will change the nature of the battlefield, the tasks Soldiers perform, and the capabilities Soldiers need. In order for these future intelligent technologies to combine with human capabilities to achieve unprecedented overmatch, they must be able to better understand humans: to interpret and predict human behavior, actions, intentions, and goals. The Innovation Commons primarily enables collection of longitudinal data in an everyday working environment and supplies the technologies and tools necessary to rapidly implement novel solutions.
The Soldier Performance and Equipment Advanced Research (SPEAR) Facility was designed to allow researchers the ability to study the effects on Soldier performance caused by interactions among physical workload, cognitive workload and the equipment used by Soldiers. That equipment can be anything from uniforms to communications gear to autonomous systems that act as teammates for Soldiers. Study results can then be used to establish requirements for equipment, tactics, techniques, and procedures that maximize Soldier performance. The facility consists of three main features: a biomechanics laboratory, an obstacle course, and a cross‐country course. The unique design of the SPEAR Facility allows researchers to use these features independently or in conjunction with each other.