Center for Human Injury and Performance (CHIP)


Various scenarios result in injury-causing events for Soldiers as well as civilians. Many public and private organizations already exist to study these events and understand injury mechanisms, human performance and rehabilitation. The Center for Human Injury and Performance (CHIP) is a means to bring together these organizations to establish common goals and share resources that will further global understanding of all dimensions of injury such as threat-to-life, quality-of-life, treatment, function, disability and cost. Personnel Survivability is a core competency area for ARL where we have already established means to perform injury research and analysis with internal and external partners.

Collaborative Focus

  • Injury biomechanics (frequency and mechanisms)
  • Injury prevention, rehabilitation and treatment
  • Human modeling
  • Human performance
  • Computational sciences


  • Strong, beneficial collaborations with government, academic and industry partners to work on common sharable problems of interest.
  • Accelerate and expand important injury research initiatives to enhance multidisciplinary impact across agencies.
  • Access to resources such as personnel and experimental facilities, with an exchange of data and ideas.
  • Enhanced quality of searchable databases and information.
  • Shared data, software, and analysis tools for visualization, injury, and performance analysis.

Unique Facilities

  • Ballistic Ranges
  • Underbody Blast Test Facilities
  • Certified Biosafety Laboratory
  • ARL Tools – An Online Collaborative Work Environment

Point of Contact

William Mermagen
Team Leader, Injury Biomechanics Analysis Team
Warfighter Survivability Branch
(410) 278-8740

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Open to government, academia and industry with interest in injury research and analysis.

Concept of operation

CHIP will develop a community of practice for a multidisciplinary group of researchers that study injury frequency, mechanisms, treatment, and prevention. The network will focus on understanding the complexity of injury ranging from minor to major across a broad array of injury-causing events to include but not limited to sports, automotive, aviation, falls, and combat events.   Through this coordination researchers and scientists can identify similar and unique requirements that will enable disjoint communities and groups to collaborate to improve the understanding of injury mechanisms and causation.