711 HPW - Airman Systems Directorate

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    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


The AFMETCAL mission is to manage the Air Force Metrology and Calibration (AFMETCAL) Program to ensure Air Force (AF) systems and equipment are accurate, uniform, reliable, and traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or other sources as approved by AFMETCAL (Metrology). Additional responsibilities include development, acquisition, and sustainment of Air Force Primary Reference Standards and Base Reference Standards for both the Air Force Primary Standards Laboratory (AFPSL) and Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMELs) worldwide. AFMETCAL is also responsible for the central management and day to day support of PMELs worldwide to include dealing with facility, logistics, staffing, contracting, and financial issues as well as the programmatic policy and guidance responsibilities.


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)

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We are so proud of our Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL-Carroll High School iGEM team!!
AFRL and the Lab Patts know how it's done. GOLD! Congrats!
Congrats to the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL -sponsored iGEM team from Carroll High School, who took GOLD in the 2017 Giant Jamboree in Boston last weekend. WHOOHOO!! The team was led by 711HPWers Drs. Nancy Kelley-Loughnane and Michael Goodson.
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Starting tomorrow, a team composed of students from Carroll High School and experts from the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL will participate in the 2017 iGem Giant Jamboree in Boston. Leading the team from AFRL are Nancy Kelley-Loughnane of the 711th Human Performance Wing and Michael Goodson of Materials & Manufacturing. It takes a village! Go Team!! #STEM #science #DaytonOhio The iGEM Competition is the premiere student team competition in Synthetic Biology. For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Student teams design, build and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.
A research team at the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing in Ohio has invented a device that helps study nanotoxicity. Why? Because nanoparticles are being used in a wide range of applications, and the Air Force’s research team believes it is critical to proactively investigate their toxicity.
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Lying in bed all day sounds like the ultimate dream job, but is it really that great? NASA will put 12 volunteers to the test in beds angled downwards to test the effects of slightly more pressure on the head. These volunteers are part of a NASA study partnering with the German Space Agency's Institute of Aerospace Medicine envihab facility. The study is known as VaPER (VIIP and Psychological envihab Research) and is part of the Flight Analogs Program. Analogs are situations one would have on Earth but produces effects on the body that one would have in space -- mentally, emotionally, and physically. #science
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will award approximately $19.1 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers from 37 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
Did you know the Navy is in Dayton, Ohio?? Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) and 711HPW have a strong partnership with the common goal to improve the performance of our service members through research and consultation. 711HPW Commander Brig. Gen. Mark Koeniger (center front) and AFRL Vice Commander Col. Elena Oberg (right front) joined NAMRU-D to celebrate the 242nd Navy birthday during the #NAMRUD Dining Out, October 12.
The USAF School of Aerospace Medicine's Aeromedical Consultation Service here reviews more than 2,000 waiver recommendation requests for Air Force pilots, navigators and other air crew annually. With a staff of about 80 Airmen, ACS ensures aviators get back in the sky as soon as possible. “You know, these [Airmen] just want to fly,” said Lt. Col. Eddie Davenport, ACS Internal Medicine chief cardiologist. “Even after potentially life-threatening cardiac disease, these aviators push to get back in the cockpit - no excuses, no balking at deployments. Our hopeful goal is to safely get them back flying.”
AFRL's 711 Human Performance Wing supports and encourages students to absolutely check this program out!! Amazing opportunities abound in AFRL!!! Don't miss out! (Take a look at LEGACY's first year's successes! Students from across the Miami-Valley area had the opportunity to participate in Craftsman Camps and work on base as Junior Apprentices. We're excited to share their experiences with you!)
"[From] the very beginnings of the Air Force, there has been concurrent, less theatrical study of another interface between humans and their machines that has been just as ground breaking; that between the machine and the human brain." Check out this article about creating synthetic teammates featuring principal engineering research psychologist with the 711th Human Performance Wing at the AFRL Dr. Mark Draper.
If you didn't get a chance to see the 2017 AFRL Inspire, here is the link to check it out. Congrats to all participants! And of course we'd be remiss if we didn't give a supportive shout out and high five to Maj. Patrick Mudimbi, Dr. Clarise Starr, and Dr. Leah Rowe - all of whom are 711HPWers - who rocked the stage. Awesome job! https://www.dvidshub.net/video/557649/afrl-inspire
Congrats! If you know high school or college students in STEM-related fields, please pass along AFOSR, AFRL, and our page info. We'll be posting internship opportunities in the near future.
Research audiologist here in the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing studies communication in Air Force environments. “My interest is in understanding the basic mechanisms by which people hear and try to perceive speech in these more complex environments,” explained Iyer. “When it’s quiet, it’s pretty easy to understand speech. But when the environment gets complicated and you add in factors like noise, other people talking, foreign accents, then it gets challenging to filter out the different conversations and people.” #AFOSR #OhioState #science #researchrocks
[Berkeley] Scientists have found that humans experience 27 distinct categories of emotion, thereby challenging the long-held assumption in psychology that humans have just six main categories, namely happiness sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise. "Our hope is that our findings will help other scientists and engineers more precisely capture the emotional states that underlie moods, brain activity and expressive signals, leading to improved psychiatric treatments, an understanding of the brain basis of emotion and technology responsive to our emotional needs," said author Alan Cowen.
Have a safe, data-rich climb, Kevin. #AFRLSummit https://t.co/rKVoooRzij
Did you know science could be this cool? Check out AF @AFResearchLab to see what you might be interested in helping… https://t.co/ROZHz7Cnuf
711HPW's very own Kevin Schmidt off to gather human performance data as he climbs Mt. Aconcagua #AFRLsummit https://t.co/MnQ4s3Bkb3
RT @AFResearchLab: It was so quiet we almost didn’t catch ROSA snooping in the Auditory Localization Facility. Checking-in on more @usairfo
RT @iGEMLabPats: So good to be able to finally meet the Army and Navy teams!!! #igem #airforce #navy #army @iGEM https://t.co/q8YseyNvoz
Cool science!! Always good to remember that a human is on the other end of this cool technology.… https://t.co/qQwCHyHK7O
These young #STEM minds give us so much hope for the future! Congrats @AFResearchLab-@iGEMLabPats!… https://t.co/TFdCfceebI
Did you hear? This group of AFRL-sponsored iGEM'rs from Carroll High School took GOLD in Boston! @iGEMLabPatshttps://t.co/HwYtLWzYbn
@iGEMLabPats with @AFResearchLab 711HPW scientists and @CarrollHighSchool teachers before they took GOLD at the Gia… https://t.co/W350tNfh9y
Congrats to the AFRL-@iGEMLabPats for taking GOLD! https://t.co/tbxROxlDnF
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RT @AFResearchLab: #AFRLInspire is motivating us to aim high. "I was not afraid to fail. What I was afraid of was not to try." -Maj Mudimbi…
Check out711HPWers Maj. Mudimbi and Dr. Rowe rocking the stage in #AFRLInspire https://t.co/2W0R39eVg2
RT @AFResearchLab: What if we could solve new diseases quickly, not just look for what we know? Dr. Starr at @AFResearchLab is doing just t…

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