Research Focus Areas

WSRI has brought together the best experts in human performance research and related business disciplines, and we are strategically positioned to be at the forefront of the trends and emerging interests of the federal laboratories and other government agencies so we can be ready to best address those needs.

We concentrate our efforts on four complementary research focus areas:

  • Human Performance
  • Live Virtual Constructive/Medical Training
  • Autonomy & Human Machine Interface
  • Cognitive and Social Sciences

Human Performance

The United States Armed Forces most important asset is the human, which is the reason Human Performance is at the center of our research. We strive to optimize the physiological, physical, psychological, and intellectual performance of our servicemen and servicewomen. Our efforts range from small proof of concept studies through demonstrated technologies in human-subject trials. […]

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Live Virtual Constructive / Medical Training

An integral component of WSRI’s human performance research is our use of innovative Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) simulation for training and testing. AFRL has been leading the use of LVC technologies for training and research in the fighter aircraft community for years. Now, WSRI is helping AFRL push those technologies into ground and first […]

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Autonomy & Human Machine Teaming

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have demonstrated the ability to provide significant surveillance and observation data when compared with current manned aircraft approaches (e.g., persistence, access, range), but the demand for RPA services is outpacing the supply of aircraft, personnel, and control infrastructure. The trajectory of this demand indicates that the supply may not be able […]

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Cognitive & Social Sciences

By one estimate, attention-related cognitive disorders cost the U.S. economy $143 to a $266 billion annually.  As WSRI we know the cognitive and social sciences are key to understanding the human element in any complex system.  Our cognitive and social science research portfolio cuts across multiple focus areas –  from human performance and human-machine teaming […]

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Latest Press Releases

February 27, 2018

Wright State Research Institute wins DARPA cooperative agreement


The Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) has been awarded a cooperative agreement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for up to $3.5 million as part of a fundamental research project to improve knowledge of the capabilities a...

February 5, 2018

Ohio Engineering Team Leading Way in Smart Material Research


From aviation, to automation, to biomedicine, one consistent problem engineers are working to improve is the science of creating motion, known as actuation. Researchers have been studying smart material-based actuation for over five decades. As simpl...

January 4, 2018

Motion Sickness linked to Lower Back Pain for many U.S. Naval Aircrew


What’s the number one complaint for U.S. Navy Aircrew? Surprisingly enough, one of the top issues for Naval aircrew is lower back pain – something to which most of us can relate. But in the US military, lower back pain is linked to motion sickness an...