Human Performance Augmentation and Training

Manpower and training costs have grown to become key factors that can limit the ability to provide security and defense capabilities.

These costs can be offset through increased use of modeling and simulation-based training and by live, virtual, and constructive training systems where these are appropriate, and through improved training effectiveness by better understanding of the factors affecting cognitive performance. At the same time, natural human capacities are becoming increasingly mismatched to the enormous data volumes, processing capabilities, and decision speeds that modern technologies offer or demand. Better human-machine interfaces to provide closer and more intuitive coupling of humans with such systems, as well as direct human performance-aiding systems, can help offset this growing mismatch.

In general, the human dimension of security and defense systems, including human interfaces, human assistive technologies, and human-centered design, is rapidly growing in importance as a way to increase effectiveness and gain new capabilities while at the same time reducing costs. Faculty researchers at ASU have direct expertise in key areas related to performance augmentation, human factors, and improved training methods. As a result ASU’s Security & Defense Systems Initiative, together with our research and development partners in industry and government, can assemble extraordinarily capable teams that are able to develop new technologies needed for improved human performance augmentation and training systems.

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