Human Systems Engineering
IST creates innovative technology solutions across the Department of Defense. IST employees develop successful working relationships with our customers to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations and get the job done right.
- Autonomy for Air Combat Missions (ATACM)
- Manned-Unmanned Teaming
- Vigilant Spirit – RPA Transit Operations Workstation
- Biodynamic Research
- Cognitive Performance/Neuroscience
IST is developing autonomy technologies for air combat in a future highly contested Anti-Access Area Denial (A2AD) environment for Offensive and Defensive Counter Air (OCA and DCA), and Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) missions, using a mixed team of manned and unmanned aircraft with heterogeneous (fractionated) capabilities and inter-team communication. We developed a Tactical Battle Manager to plan and coordinate actions of multiple aircraft. The TBM can perform dynamic, uncertain, and adversarial actions that cause the systems to maneuver or change weapon employments. The algorithms are capability of discovering new tactics through machine learning.
IST is working several Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) efforts for AFRL & CCDC (formerly AMRDEC). We are developing autonomous tools to enable a single operator to control multiple heterogeneous unmanned vehicles. IST Human Systems Engineers have built an intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) for effective human-autonomy teaming. IST validated autonomous tools in simulated base defense missions with Army and Air Force Unmanned Vehicle operators. The results improved performance and rated better compared to a current state-of-the-art system.
IST is the premier developer for the AFRL/RH Vigilant Spirit, a multi-vehicle control for up to 5 MQ-9 platforms during long duration transit phase of a mission. Vigilant Spirit was integrated with the MQ-9 Block 50 GCS architecture. We have successfully demonstrated significant time reduction in vehicle handoff procedures using Vigilant Spirit, where a full-mission simulation business case analysis findings suggested a 50% reduction in staffing requirements while increasing overall Combat Air Patrol (CAP) coverage. IST is planning a hardware-in-the-loop demonstration along with a fully integrated flight test in 2020.
IST has been performing Biodynamic research for AFRL since XXXX. This research tests the effects on pilots of vertical deceleration, horizontal impulse, vibration, vertical impact, acceleration, impacts to helmets, mass properties, and materials. We maintain facilities that include the Vertical Deceleration Tower, Vertical Impact Device Six DoF Vibration, and Horizontal Impulse Accelerator. Our test support equipment is comprised of a full suite of manikins, high speed cameras, sensors and data acquisition system, and an on-site machine shop.
IST is a leading researcher in Cognitive Engineering and Neuroscience. We are currently studying the effects of military operational stressors and their relationship to operator performance. We perform research on the molecular genetics of cognition and relationship to human performance to explore mechanisms that influence warfighters’ performance and vulnerability to stress. The long term goal is to establish optimum cognitive readiness. We are also researching non-invasive brain stimulation to develop a tool to improve vigilance/sustained attention and learning. This tool applies Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to specific areas of the brain resulting in significantly improved task vigilance.