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711th Human Performance Wing
Business Operations/Communications
2610 Seventh Street, Bldg. 441
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

711 HPW - Airman Systems Directorate

photo of a pilot in a plane The Air Force Research Laboratory's Airman Systems Directorate is a key component of the 711th Human Performance Wing. The directorate is composed of a diverse group of scientists and engineers studying developing technologies specific to the human element of warfighting capability. We are leading the Air Force in its human-centered research, and we integrate biological and cognitive technologies to optimize and protect the Airman's capabilities to Fly, Fight, and Win in Air, Space, and Cyberspace. We are headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, with additional locations at Brooks City-Base, San Antonio, Texas, and the Mesa Research Site, Mesa, Arizona.

711 HPW/RH Director

     
 
Dr. Kevin T. GeissDr. Kevin T. Geiss, is the Director, Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
     

About Us

  MISSION
Exploit biological and cognitive Science and Technology to optimize and protect the Airman’s capability to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace.

 
VISION
Lead the Air Force in Airman-centered research

 

Organizational Structure

WARFIGHTER READINESS RESEARCH DIVISION (RHA) leads the Air Force in research that advances learning and performance readiness science and technology. Our S&Ts create and validate methods, models, and technologies for learning and persistent readiness across the range of military operations and domains. The division emphasizes research in the appropriate blending of live, virtual, constructive (LVC) technologies, as well as in performance measurement and assessment, cognitive science, and computational and mathematical modeling.  The Division's research creates realistic, affordable, and secure training environments that allow for persistent and increasingly personalized training to maximize the mission effectiveness of our Airmen. Our branches are: 
• Cognitive Models and Agents (RHAC)
• Continuous Learning (RHAS)
• Warfighter Readiness Research Operations Support (RHAO)  


WARFIGHTER INTERFACE DIVISION (RHC) is at the heart of Airman effectiveness – seamlessly linking Airman functionality to the weaponry, information and environment of war. Division technologies help mitigate the ambiguities of war for aerospace forces. Our branches are:

• Battlespace Acoustics (RHCB)
• Supervisory Control & Cognition (RHCI)
• Applied Neuroscience (RHCP)
• Battlespace Visualization (RHCV)


BIOEFFECTS DIVISION (RHD) has played a key role in understanding the effects of directed energy weapons for more than 50 years, starting with atomic bomb eye protection. Our mission is to protect against and exploit the bioeffects of battlefield environmental stressors. Specific objectives of the division include preventing mission degradation due to toxic exposure and enabling our forces to function safely, effectively, and efficiently on the directed energy battlefield. Our branches are:
• Molecular Bioeffects (RHDJ)
• Optical Radiation Bioeffects (RHDO)
• Radio Frequency Bioeffects (RHDR)
• Mission Support (RHDM)
• Veterinary Services (RHDV)


HUMAN-CENTERED INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE (RHX) division conducts research to optimize and aid Airmen accomplishing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, discovers new performance assessment methods, and explores how to improve future Airman-machine teams. Efforts include the development, integration, and evaluation of Airman-centric technology to realize cognitive systems engineering solutions to address Airman data overload, work integration, and improved mission performance. The division develops and applies science and technology to detect and exploit a variety of human-centered signatures, including behavioral and anthropometric aspects of existing and emerging adversaries as well as nano, bio, and molecular signatures of Airman performance. Advanced human language technologies will benefit military linguists, and insights into trust factors will influence Airman interaction with autonomous systems in future weapon systems. Our branches are:
• Human Signatures (RHXB)
• Human Analyst Augmentation (RHXM)
• Human Trust & Interaction (RHXS)