HPRnet Symposium Videos

The 2019 HPRnet Symposium was held on 21 and 22 November at the University of Canberra, in conjunction with the Defence Human Sciences Symposium.

Defining the relationship between operational effectiveness and HUD/HMD colour schema.

Project update. Colour and visual displays. Colour compatibility with laser eye protection. Use of colour for people with varying degrees of colour vision deficiency. Effect of laser eye protection on vision.

A multi-systems approach to demand and resilience resource profiles within the at-sea deployment setting. 

Project update. Identifying the physiological and cognitive elements of resilience and how personnel can maintain resilience at sea. Can we predict someone's tolerance for stress ahead of time using computational models?

Adapting the Transparency of Autonomous Systems to Maximise Human-Autonomy Teaming.

Project update. Assisting humans with the use of automated recommendation systems by improving the transparency of the automation. This can be done by providing rationales, explanations, future predictions, and uncertainty estimates. Determine if general principles can be derived from the uninhabited vehicle context.

Discovering "combat genes" to help identify, and optimise the training of the future soldier.

Optimised Nutrition to Fuel a Fit Soldier. Project update. Combat genes response to basic training and number of injuries. Are there genetic variations associated with response to training and number of injuries? Can a training program or injury prevention strategies be modified on the basis of genetic profiles?

Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Enhance the Health, Performance and Resilience of the Australian Warfighter. 

Project update. Stress can negatively impact the gut microbiome and affect gut health. What are the factors that affect cognitive and physical function and what changes occur in the microbiome as a result of military stress?

Soldier performance management: monitoring and modelling of load, wellbeing, adaptation and performance.

Project update. Assess physical demands and psychophysiological responses, and prognostic measures that may provide an alert for a maladaptive response that could lead to injury. Validate these measures.

Trusted human-autonomy teaming in teleoperations.

Project update. Adaptive autonomous systems that work in high intensity, time-critical environments. Realtime human performance monitoring and feedback. Allocation of tasks between humans and autonomous systems.

Helped, not hindered: Optimising the use of augmented reality by Defence personnel.
Project update. Augmented reality, look but don't see errors. Covert EEG measures of visual attention. Understanding when augmented reality helps or hinders performance.

Improving Warfighter Situation Awareness: Selection, training and intervention strategies to increase battlefield performance & survivability.

Project update. Improving cognitive preparation and augmenting cognitive performance. Identify key cognitive processess associated with performance and situation awareness. Cognitive performance enhancement. Relationship between individual differences and human-automation multitasking.

Applied behavioural dynamics to measure and enhance team coordination and performance in a military setting. 

Project update. Measuring and understanding team dynamics in a military setting. Applying models from the elite sporting context to the military setting. Augmented feedback techniques. Objective, reliable and valide measures of team performance.

An integrated approach to enhancing cognition and decision-making under stress.

Project update. Fatigue, physical resilience and endurance, and understanding the effects of different types of stress on both physical and cognitive performance.

A dynamic and temporal perspective to optimise team resilience.

Project update. What is the nature of team resilience in the Army context? Recruit, cavalry and special forces stress experiences. Use of physiological measures.

Cognitive augmentation via training and brain stimulation: Predicting and optimising outcomes. 

Project update. Enhancing cognitive capacity (attention, memory, multi-tasking, cognitive control) using transcranial direct current brain stimulation paired with cognitive training. Predicting who is most likely to benefit from these interventions.

Developing Responsive and Adaptive Artificial-Agents for Team Training. 

Project update. Developing synthetic human-like team mates for military team training. Team training can be undertaken by individuals augmented by synthetic agents.

Enhancing human performance in complex environments.

Project update. Mindfulness training. Individualised training for peak performance and monitoring of cognitive load. Virtual reality (VR) environments with tailored combat scenario experiences and cognitive training. Mobile VR training experiences.

Perceptual and cognitive optimisation of visual augmented reality displays in simulated combat environments. 

Project update. Augmented reality (AR) under stress. Utility of different heads up displays. Under what conditions AR is most useful. Adjusting AR presentation to improve its utility and effect on soldier cognitive load.

Predicting and Improving Team Performance by Incorporating an Autonomous Advisory System. 

Project update. About to start work on autonomous advisory system for detecting cognitive load. Use of wearable and environmental sensors with machine learning to determine cognitive load. Advice provided on how tasks can be redistributed in real time.

Movement variability as a measure of physical resilience. 

Project update. Monitoring and evaluation. Assess movement variability as a measure of physical reslience. Biomechanics, gait analysis, wearable technology. Relationships between gait variability and risk of injury.

Improving performance in the heat: Developing tools for the prediction of heat resilience in humans. 

Project update. Measurement of heat tolerance and heat stress in humans, with use of imaging meaures. Understand the variables associated with heat tolerance, and ways to idenfiy personnel at risk of heat injury. Strategies to improve heat resilience in military personnel.

Augmenting the Military Operational Lifecycle: Wearable Assistive Technologies to Enhance Performance and Mitigate Injury.

Project update. Developing assistive technologies to enhance performance and prevent injuries. Assessing net benefit of assistive technologies with challenging physical tasks. Using sensors to understand how the musculoskeletal system is affected by assistive technologies.