Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre
The HIT Team is one of the main academic collaborators within the Ministry of Defence Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFI DTC), conducting research in the analysis of command and control tasks, network-enabled capability (NEC), situational awareness and synthetic environments (especially as applied to human interface development for unmanned vehicles and defence surgery training), and developing new methods of battlefield information distribution between command centres and field personnel equipped with wearable computing technologies.
The DTC researchers also coordinate the dissemination of information from the Centre as a whole out the national and international defence community. The Team is a founding member of the CADRE group (Consortium of Academics with Defence-Related Experience) and has undertaken a range of Virtual Technology and Uninhabited Vehicles activities for NATO.
The Team has instigated a new research programme within the DTC, codenamed Alchemy, addressing the application of low-cost Virtual Reality (VR) or Synthetic Environment (SE) test beds to
the Concept, Assessment and Demonstration phases of the MoD’s CADMID process,
the six domains of HFI (manpower, personnel, training, system safety, health hazard and human factors engineering) and
the development of novel semi-autonomous or unmanned systems (in this case a small unmanned air vehicle – UAV) for urban operations with a significant human operator involvement.
Another project, executed in conjunction with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak and Blitz Games – a West Midlands-based company – is exploiting the power of HFI in addressing the potential of future “serious gaming” technologies to deliver affordable and accessible synthetic environment emergency/trauma surgical trainers, for such applications as endotracheal intubation and anastomosis.
Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFI DTC) Website