Northwestern University

Tue 9:30 AM

Frontiers in Nanotechnology Seminar - Dr. Rajesh Naik

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  

Where: Pancoe-NSUHS Life Sciences Pavilion, Pancoe Auditorium, 2200 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Veronica Durdov   847.467.4228

Group: International Institute for Nanotechnology

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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The International Institute for Nanotechnology is hosting Dr. Rajesh Naik, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of the IIN Frontiers in Nanotechnology Seminar Series. This seminar is sponsored by Northwestern University and the Air Force Center of Excellence (AFCOE).

Title:  Revolution in Human Sciences and its Impact on Human Performance


The United States Air Force (USAF) considers its’ airmen its’ most critical resource. As we move further into the 21st century, developments in human sciences, artificial intelligence and semi/autonomous technologies are changing how we employ our airmen in future operational environments. Several strategic documents anticipate that airmen will need to focus on operational agility, flexibility, adaptability, and their ability to effectively team with increasingly capable technology to enable faster decision speeds. There is a consistent view that amidst these shifting threats, technology developments, and operational changes, humans will remain the key to our success in national defense. Performance requirements for airmen will be increasing during multi-domain operations with reduced forces, increased area denial operations, small specialized force operations, higher cognitive load tasking, and human-machine teaming. Leveraging from the concept of personalized biomedicine, one can envision developing the capabilities to enable, enhance and sustain the airman in a changing battle-space, while increasing availability, efficiency and affordability. Rapid advancement of wearable technology with increasing sophistication can now measure bio-signatures to potentially transform airman health and performance. Flexible hybrid electronic materials represent a breakthrough technology with the potential to significantly impact aerospace medical applications. In my talk I will describe how the research at the 711th Human Performance Wing focused on human sciences is enabling the AF to meet future force operational needs.

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