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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 clinical and technical caliber of the military study Laboratory (ARL). the present document summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 interval, in which ninety five volunteer specialists in fields of technological know-how and engineering participated within the following actions: vacationing ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, analyzing amenities, carrying out technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. the final caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings remains to be remarkable, in addition to the relevance in their paintings to military wishes. ARL maintains to express a transparent, passionate hindrance for the tip consumer of its technology--the soldier within the box. whereas directorates have huge program-support missions, there's massive customer-support paintings around the directorates, which universally reveal mindfulness of the significance of transitioning know-how to aid fast and near-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering group. This involvement comprises tracking appropriate advancements in other places, conducting major collaborative paintings (including the Collaborative expertise Alliances), and sharing paintings via peer experiences. generally, ARL is operating rather well inside of a suitable learn and improvement area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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Human decision makers are currently unable to make effective use of this information for reasons including information overload as well as network bandwidth and other hardware constraints that introduce lags, information loss, and degradation, leading to performance problems that include attention misdirection and poorly calibrated trust in the information received. HRED is initiating a multiyear program—the Tactical Human Integration with Networked Knowledge (THINK) Army Technology Objective—scheduled to start in FY 2009 and to extend through FY 2012, to analyze the contributors to performance problems and identify methods for overcoming these problems.

Of particular importance, and where perhaps only ARL has the time frames and overall expertise, are issues of scale—what happens as such databases grow to huge sizes and/or are created as collections of separate and localized databases. In a related vein, increasing joint activities with the ISD, NSD, and Mobile Network Modeling Institute may be of value, since there is an increasing understanding that COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE 21 the properties of time-changing networks of all scales, from local sensor networks, to the connections represented by Internet traffic, to the social networks exhibited by both civil and terrorist groups, all obey similar properties, and expertise in one may give significant insight into another.

Advanced cognitive performance models should be developed to form the basis for hypotheses to be tested and to relate various neurological measurements to the prediction of human performance capabilities and mental workload. Environment for Auditory Research Facility The near completion of the EAR facility provides another opportunity for HRED. This facility could allow the researchers using it to become leaders in the area of auditory performance. The team of researchers appears to be well prepared to perform cutting-edge auditory studies.

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