Institute for Research in Defence and Security

A graphic illustration: a close up image of a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member's head with a blue background behind it. The CAF member is wearing a helmet that includes green Canadian disruptive pattern or CADPAT and SMART glasses.  Text and symbols are overlaid on the image; this represents the SMART aspect of the glasses where technology offers a value added to CAF members.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is creating the Institute for Research in Defence and Security. The Institute’s goal is to engage the academic community in finding solutions to challenges Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members face when using technology. 

The Institute seeks to establish a science and technology environment which supports innovation and is built on resource, information and knowledge sharing.  Its ultimate goal is to engage research, academic, technical and scientific communities to self-organise and create innovative networks constituting topic-specific centres of expertise.

Each Centre will establish and nurture a network of networks in several domains of interest. Their scope will span from basic concepts up to mature technologies and full capabilities.

Centre of Expertise for Human System Performance

The first centre of expertise will focus on human systems performance. Participants will explore how to improve the physical and cognitive capabilities of CAF members and help them achieve their highest level of physical and cognitive performance.

The specific domains will focus on:

Computation and cognition
  • Aerospace landing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assistants (virtual)
  • Augmented cognition
  • Augmented reality
  • Brain computer interface (BCI)
  • Cognitive performance
  • Cognitive systems
  • Cognitive workload
  • Computer aided instruction
  • Computer assisted surgery
  • Computer vision
  • Computers
  • Decision support
  • Detection
  • Displays
  • Education
  • Embodied cognition
  • Emotions
  • Facial recognition
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Human factors (engineering)
  • Human system interaction (HSI)
  • Image / imaging
  • Instruction (computer-aided)
  • Intelligent systems & agents
  • Interfaces
  • Landscape (changes)
  • Learning
  • Low power computing
  • Machine learning
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Memory (human)
  • Mobile devices
  • Mobile systems
  • Navigation
  • Neural networks
  • Night vision
  • Pattern recognition
  • Performance (human/cognitive)
  • Position
  • Recognition
  • Remote sensing
  • Simulation
  • Situational awareness
  • Social Networks
  • Target acquisition
  • Tracking
  • Training
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Visual (enhancement)
  • Visualization
Physiological enhancement
  • Artificial body parts
  • Athletics / sports
  • Attention
  • Auditory perception
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering / enhancement
  • Brain
  • Cameras
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Cognitive enhancement substances
  • Diet and supplements
  • Drugs (specified)
  • Electrophysiology
  • Emotions
  • Endurance
  • Ergogenic aids
  • Ergonomics
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Exoskeleton
  • Gait and walking
  • Human enhancement / augmentation
  • Load (carriage)
  • Metabolism
  • Mobility
  • Motion (human)
  • Motor (function)
  • Movement
  • Muscle / skeletal
  • Neurophysiology
  • Nootropic agents
  • Nutrition, diet, supplements
  • Optimization
  • Perception
  • Performance (general)
  • Performance (task)
  • Performance enhancement
  • Performance enhancing drugs
  • Physiology – general
  • Protective equipment, clothing
  • Sleep / wake
  • Specific drugs
  • Stimulants (non-specified)
  • Stimulation (physical)
  • Stress
  • Thermal adaptation
  • Transcranial stimulation
Automation, robotics, and telepresence
  • Automation
  • Adaptive systems
  • Autonomous systems
  • Biotechnology
  • Devices
  • Haptic interfaces
  • Low power electronics
  • Optimization techniques
  • Personal lift augmentation devices
  • Positioning and timing
  • Reaction time
  • Robotics
  • Robots
  • Sensing (function)
  • Sensors (hardware)
  • Sensory
  • Signal detection
  • Smart technology
  • Surgery – virtual
  • Teleoperation
  • Telepresence
  • Telerobotics
  • User-computer interface
  • Video
  • Virtual reality
  • Vision enhancement
  • Wearables
Ethics
  • Adaptation
  • Attitudes
  • Biomedical
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Gaming
  • Human optimization
  • Implants
  • Learning
  • Legal issues
  • Military
  • Performance
  • Policies
  • Responsibility
  • Social-general
  • Technology
  • Training
  • Transhumanism
  • Trust

 

Interested researchers can contact DRDC at DND.DRDC-COE-HSP.MDN@forces.gc.ca

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