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 18, 2019

WSRI Team Successfully Flies Multiple Different UAS with a Single Operator

(Dayton, OH) A team from Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) spent two weeks in September working in the restricted air space at Camp Atterbury, Indiana testing advanced concepts for single operator con...
Autonomous Cars

June 11, 2018

Ohio Researchers from Academia, Government and Business Work to Create More Trust in Autonomous Systems

Autonomous vehicles are increasingly becoming part of the public discourse. Last year, Ohio passed legislation to allow autonomous delivery robots on sidewalks and just this past month, Governor John Kasich signed an executive order to fast track the...

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...