New PDF release: 2007-2008 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory

By Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Laboratory Assessments Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council

ISBN-10: 030914390X

ISBN-13: 9780309143905

This quantity is the newest in a chain of biennial checks of the medical and technical caliber of the military study Laboratory (ARL). the present file summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 interval, within which ninety five volunteer specialists in fields of technology and engineering participated within the following actions: traveling ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, studying amenities, accomplishing technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. the final caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings remains to be extraordinary, in addition to the relevance in their paintings to military wishes. ARL keeps to show a transparent, passionate obstacle for the top consumer of its technology--the soldier within the box. whereas directorates have huge program-support missions, there's substantial customer-support paintings around the directorates, which universally exhibit mindfulness of the significance of transitioning expertise to aid fast and near-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering neighborhood. This involvement contains tracking correct advancements somewhere else, undertaking major collaborative paintings (including the Collaborative expertise Alliances), and sharing paintings via peer reports. regularly, ARL is operating rather well inside a suitable learn and improvement area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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Integrated hearing protection and hearing communication systems also are being developed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in the Program Executive Office-Soldier Programs. All of these would appear to be relevant in the planning of future research in this new facility. The EAR facility staff is quite strong, but it is not clear how the staff will balance applied development work and publications in peer-reviewed journals. In the past they have published a good number of technical reports and conference proceedings, with some on the Internet, but more publications in peer-reviewed journals are necessary in order to gain the credibility and attract and retain the best people to this new facility.

Some of the newer laboratories such as the Wireless Emulation Laboratory are moving to a largely simulated environment, but without a strong plan to validate, at least periodically, such simulations against the real world, the results emerging from such facilities may not have the grounding in reality to make the results applicable to real Army problems. Another emerging general challenge that is appearing in many programs is an increasing need to perform sophisticated analyses on experimental data.

Many of these challenges may be overcome by cross-divisional efforts within ARL. Such collaborations may help, for example, in the use of weather data for the routing of UAVs, for which simple but static algorithms that do not account for weather movements, vehicle dynamics, and formation flying are liable to be inflexible and unverifiable. An understanding of the state of the art in route planning, for both military and commercial aviation, is essential, as is an understanding of how to create more robust, adaptable, and dynamic algorithms.

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