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Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED)

Directorate Program Representative

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

Telephone: (410) 278-8003
Fax: (410) 278-8828
E-mail:piotr.j.franaszczuk.civ@mail.mil

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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.