Characterization of Human Variability
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 11/27/2018

Opportunity Description

Characterization of Human Variability through Multi-faceted Assessment Human behavior has been studied for centuries and still remains poorly understood by the scientific community. Data collection and analytic tool development efforts to date overtly fail to capture the variability that is needed to characterize the dynamics of human behavior. Researchers have made trade-offs between experimental time periods and participant populations studied, resolution of data acquired, and the number of different facets of human assessment integrated (e.g., intended behaviors, unintended behaviors, physiology, subjective experiences, social interactions, environmental factors, and tasking). These trade-offs have limited the interpretability of human data and arguably, advancements in theory, modeling, as well as their applications to predicting behavior. Our goal is to extend theories regarding human behavior, incorporating multiple factors and their interactions, spanning multiple time scales across a large group of individuals, and to use these theories to develop novel methods to predict an individual’s future performance. In contrast to previous efforts that made tradeoffs between resolution and time, we aim to leverage the recent explosion in wearable technologies, physiological monitoring, environmental sensing, communications, computing technology, network technologies, and analytic tools to validate and refine theories regarding the factors influencing human performance over time. The Associate will do research to characterize human variability and to develop novel methods to predict an individual’s future performance. The Associate should have extensive experience in one or more of the following (or related) fields: Applied Mathematics, Behavioral Science, Big Data Analysis, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Machine Learning, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Physiology, Probability and Statistics. The Associate must have an interest in applying these skills to characterize human behavior in real-world environments. Click here for more information

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About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers’ laboratories and research facilities worldwide.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

Research opportunities include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Environmental Science, Entomology, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, Geology, Health Education Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Physics, Public Health Economics, Public Health Policy, and more.

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