2007-2008 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory by Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board,

By Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Laboratory Assessments Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council

This quantity is the most recent in a sequence of biennial checks of the medical and technical caliber of the military learn Laboratory (ARL). the present file summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 interval, within which ninety five volunteer specialists in fields of technological know-how and engineering participated within the following actions: traveling ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, interpreting amenities, carrying out technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. the general caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings is still awesome, in addition to the relevance in their paintings to military wishes. ARL maintains to show a transparent, passionate difficulty for the top consumer of its technology--the soldier within the box. whereas directorates have huge program-support missions, there's enormous customer-support paintings around the directorates, which universally show mindfulness of the significance of transitioning expertise to help rapid and near-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader medical and engineering neighborhood. This involvement comprises tracking appropriate advancements somewhere else, accomplishing major collaborative paintings (including the Collaborative expertise Alliances), and sharing paintings via peer experiences. as a rule, ARL is operating rather well inside of a suitable examine and improvement area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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The overwhelming weakness was the absence of a coherent research plan as to how the EAR facility would attain its lofty goals. Given that construction has been in the works for several years, one would expect a complete description of the research that is to be initiated over the next couple of years, including the hypotheses to be tested, the measurements to be made, the source of experimental subjects, and other experimental factors. The absence of details at this time is a concern and in a few instances was alarming.

In this context, some of this collaboration could be established by greater participation at national vision and/or machine vision conferences. The Board, in referring to past HRED research, especially that discussed in the 2005-2006 assessment report, noted that when presenting an image to one eye that is different from the image visualized by the other eye, a phenomenon known as sensory rivalry occurs. This can result in perceptual errors and cognitive distraction, particularly when dynamic displays are involved.

The challenge will be to find the effective mix of neurological, cognitive, and human performance scientists and to bring them together in a collaborative team to further the understanding and modeling of human decision making and actions that affect a soldier’s effectiveness. It also will be necessary to ensure that the HRED-supported research is complementary to a number of other similar studies supported by the Department of Defense in this arena and to ensure that this complementary research is supported by ARO.

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