Human Behavior

Human Variability

Soldiers operate in an increasingly complex world characterized by highly dynamic and distributed environments. Future Army systems must exploit the ever-growing array of sensors and information streams present in the operational environment to predict Soldier dynamics with sufficient resolution and robustness to enable adaptive and autonomous systems to directly enhance mission performance. The primary goal of the Human Behavior campaign area is to provide foundational technologies required for future Army systems to generate high-resolution, moment-to-moment predictions of an individual Soldier's internal and external behavior and performance and the ways in which that Soldier will interact dynamically in mixed-agent team and social settings in both operational and training environments. These technologies will enable future Army systems to adapt to the individual Soldier's states, behaviors and intentions in real-time, creating optimal conditions for engaging in operations, training and teaming with autonomous systems and warfighters from the U.S. and other nations. Adaptive approaches will provide novel capabilities to improve physical, cognitive and social performance; decrease time-to-train; and improve human-system interactions by providing robust predictions of a Soldier's state and intent to integrate within teams and tactical networks. These adaptive and predictive technologies will be critical to the individualization of equipment and training.

Real-World Behavior

Army units must be able to integrate the efforts of multiple partners, operate across multiple domains, and present enemies and adversaries with multiple dilemmas (TRADOC Army Operating Concept, 2014). Understanding human behavior; specifically, how humans interact and adapt within the dynamic, complex, natural environments of the "real world," is critical to the Army Operating Concept, yet remains one of the most challenging scientific problems. To narrow this gap, the Human Behavior campaign area focuses on a multi-scale understanding of human behavior within dynamic, complex, natural, military-relevant, real-world contexts and environments to include fundamental discoveries of the properties and principles of mechanisms governing individual and group behavioral dynamics.


Last Update / Reviewed: May 10, 2018