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. Our focus is to understand the needs of a user and provide tailor made solutions that improves their performance for their specific tasks. For instance: improving the memory and learning for the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) analyst to improving physical and cognitive performance for the special operators functioning in extreme environments.

Several key focus areas of growth for us in human performance include:

  • Biotechnology to assess and augment physical and cognitive performance
  • Genomics and epigenomics for precision performance
  • Studying enhancing supplements and pharmaceuticals
  • Optimization of human-machine teams

WSRI has a core capability in human performance measurement. From Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Analysis, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) control, and Personnel Recovery operators, including Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and Pararescuemen (PJs), to medical readiness of emergency response units at the National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR), WSRI has demonstrated individual, team and system performance assessment. Our approach consists of the use of validated operational metrics, real-time physiological monitoring, and standardized psychological assessments and interview techniques. Our physiological monitoring techniques include eye tracking (stationary and mobile), cardio monitoring (e.g. heart rate variability), and blood and sweat chemical analysis. These methods provide a state-of-the-art approach for assessing the effectiveness of new training criteria, technologies/ tools, and system workflow.

ISR Subject Matter Expertise (SME) is provided to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), bringing the needs of the ISR Warfighters to the research and tool development.  The expertise covers Geospatial Intelligence, Mutli-Source Intelligence, Open-Source Intelligence, and others to AFRL.  The SMEs bring their knowledge to the problem sets and ensure the end users are being accounted for when looking at the new technologies or problem sets being researched. The expertise comes from experience at the National Air &Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF-DCGS), and other IC agencies.

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...