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Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED)

Directorate Program Representative

Dr. Piotr Franaszczuk
Human Research and Engineering Directorate
US Army Research Laboratory
459 Mulberry Point Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21005-5425

Telephone: (410) 278-8003
Fax: (410) 278-8828

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About HRED

The Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) is ARL’s principal center for research and development directed toward optimizing soldier performance and man-machine interactions. The HRED examines human performance in the perceptual, cognitive, and psychomotor domains in order to increase the body of knowledge of human capabilities and limitations, and to assess the impact of emerging technologies on soldier performance. Research is conducted on intelligent decision aids and interfaces; human control of automated systems; control display and workstation design; and MANPRINT design, analysis, and integration methods. In addition, the HRED develops unique and innovative methods, tools, models, and simulations for measuring and characterizing soldier performance.

The Directorate is recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Center of Excellence in Human Engineering, Ergonomics, and Experimental Psychology. It conducts a collaborative research program with NSF-supported university faculty and their graduate students. In addition, the HRED participates in the extensive Department of Defense University Initiative Program.

The majority of the Directorate’s research facilities are located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Additionally, field elements are maintained at 20 locations in the continental US. The following “Opportunities for Research” are all at the Aberdeen Proving Ground location.

Research Areas

Adaptive Computer-Based Tutoring Research
Auditory Situation Awareness in Complex Acoustic Environments
Biomechanics for a Dismounted Warrior
Bone Conduction Perception: Physiology
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Cognitive Modeling in Support of a Robotic Control System
Cognitive Readiness in Military Operations
Cognitively Tailored Interfaces
Computational Modeling of Neural Systems for Translational Neuroscience
EEG signal processing and analysis   
Effect of Signal Processing on Auditory Spatial Perception  
Enhancing Performance of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Teams
Human Performance Modeling, Implementation, and Validation
Human-Robot Interaction and Advanced Displays for Human-Vehicle Interaction
Identification of Military-relevant Sound Events in Complex Operational Environments
Immersive Auditory Environments
Large scale neural network modeling
Machine Learning Algorithms and Brain Computer Interaction
Manned and Unmanned Collaborative Systems Integration
Multisensory Integration and Perception
Network Science: Social Networks and Cognitive Factors
Statistical Modeling of Biosignals from Operational Environments
Stealth Military Operations and Force Projection
Tactile & Bone Conduction Communication
The Real-Time Assessment of Humans in Operational Environments
Translational Neuroscience in Human Performance
Understanding Brain Structure-Function Relationships in Healthy Individuals
Understanding Human Interactions with Unmanned Systems