Thrust Area 2:
Human Centered Modeling and Simulation

Thrust Area Leader: Dr. Matthew Reed,
TARDEC Leader: Mr. Victor Paul,

The safety and performance of human occupants and operators are paramount in the achievement of ground vehicle design objectives, but these occupants are also the most variable components of the human-machine system. Modeling and simulation of occupants and operators provides an efficient and cost-effective means of assessing designs prior to creating physical prototypes, reducing the cost and time required for testing. This thrust area focuses on research to advance the capabilities of human simulation tools through human measurement and the development of innovative simulation methodologies. The research spans studies of human physical attributes and responses through measurement and modeling of perceptual, cognitive, and motor behavior.