CSRA secures contract to support US AFRL research to improve airmen capabilities

7 August 2016 (Last Updated August 7th, 2016 18:30)

CSRA has secured a contract to support the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) human-centred research to improve technology for airmen.

CSRA has secured a contract to support the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) human-centred research to improve technology for airmen.

Under the $7.5m contract, the company's scientists and engineers will support AFRL's research for a period of six years.

The research focuses on understanding how humans interact with technology and how the interaction is influenced by trust in order to improve and protect mission-critical processes and tools used by airmen.

"Trust is an important facet of effectively adopting and embracing human-machine interaction."

Both laboratory and field studies conducted as part of the research will provide an increased understanding of how future technologies and user interfaces should be designed to improve tool safety and performance, the company said in a statement.

CSRA Defense Group executive vice-president Ken Deutsch said: “Trust is an important facet of effectively adopting and embracing human-machine interaction.

“We are partnering with the AFRL to go above and beyond traditional research to focus on understanding human-machine trust in key operational air force systems, which will lead to the development of design guides and potentially new user interfaces and system designs for our airmen.”

CSRA will investigate how interpersonal trust and socio-emotional elements influence trust development.

The company will also identify methods that facilitate human trust calibration and transparency within human-machine systems.

CSRA said that it will also explore human-machine communication, coordination and collaboration to improve effectiveness.

The US Air Force believes human-machine engagement is a primary research thrust to ensure effective pilots; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operators; analysts; maintenance specialists; and human-robot teams.

CSRA has secured a contract to support the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) human-centred research to improve technology for airmen.

Under the $7.5m contract, the company's scientists and engineers will support AFRL's research for a period of six years.

The research focuses on understanding how humans interact with technology and how the interaction is influenced by trust in order to improve and protect mission-critical processes and tools used by airmen.

Both laboratory and field studies conducted as part of the research will provide an increased understanding of how future technologies and user interfaces should be designed to improve tool safety and performance, the company said in a statement.

CSRA Defense Group executive vice-president Ken Deutsch said: “Trust is an important facet of effectively adopting and embracing human-machine interaction.

“We are partnering with the AFRL to go above and beyond traditional research to focus on understanding human-machine trust in key operational air force systems, which will lead to the development of design guides and potentially new user interfaces and system designs for our airmen.”

CSRA will investigate how interpersonal trust and socio-emotional elements influence trust development.

The company will also identify methods that facilitate human trust calibration and transparency within human-machine systems.

CSRA said that it will also explore human-machine communication, coordination and collaboration to improve effectiveness.

The US Air Force believes human-machine engagement is a primary research thrust to ensure effective pilots; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operators; analysts; maintenance specialists; and human-robot teams.