Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

M. Human System Interface (HSI)

Most developed nations have significant research efforts in human system interfaces. Information management and display capabilities are also addressed in Section II.G. of this Annex, under Computing and Software. Important trends (see Table E.II-12) in foreign research (in addition to VR and HCI capabilities) include improved modeling of human cognitive processes. Interest in this area is driven by multiple requirements, including the need for improved presentation of information to match human cognition and improved representation of human performance to improve realism and fidelity of computer-generated forces and "actors" in both simulations and operational systems.

Table E.II-12. Human-System Interface

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND DISPLAY Virtual reality interfaces Display Soldier system interface Soldier system interface Israel Helmet- mounted display
Canada VR Display
Displays, VR, Robotics    
PERFORMANCE AIDING   Ergonomics   Israel Netherlands Sweden Human performance measures      
DESIGN INTEGRATION Performance modeling Performance modeling Performance modeling      

The U.S. HSI technology area benefits from active collaboration with our research partners in several key areas. Soldier-machine interface work on teleoperations continues with both France and Germany; negotiations are underway with France for a more formal agreement specific to ergonomics issues. Auditory research finds the United States a strong partner with the French-German Institute St. Louis research center; we are working on a NATO standard impulse noise model. The French are sharing modern ergonomic performance measuring instrumentation and techniques with the United States, while the United States is sharing its MANPRINT suite of soldier-system performance enhancement tools.

Human performance modeling is a critical factor in meeting future Army requirements. Such modeling contributes to enhanced soldier-system battlefield performance through low-risk, quick-turnaround simulation, permitting assessment of proposed systems concepts.