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 Human Systems 

Human Systems Division 


The Human Systems Division promotes the exchange of technical information and discussions among government, industry and academia, and the expansion of research and development in areas that are related to the human, whose performance is essential to any system, or system of systems. To this end, the Human Systems Division provides a variety of ways for government, industry and academia to work together to advance human performance in air, land, sea, space and cyberspace environments through research, education and consultation.


  • Advocate human-centered research to promote the integration technologies to optimize and protect the warfighter’s cognitive and physiologic capabilities to successfully operate in air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace environments.
  • Promote discussions about the circumstances that make the “human factor” a top priority in Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E).
  • Advocate the implementation of human performance abilities and limits in the design of products and technologies for applications in all physical domains.
  • Conduct studies and prepare reports in response to requests from the DoD HS Community of Interest (COI) to recommend solutions to specific problems or issues related to human performance in complex systems.
  • Advocate, lead, and influence increased discussion and research on the elements of the human-system integration (HSI) domain such as; Manpower, Personnel, Training, Safety, Suitability, Habitability, Occupational Health (including operational medicine), Environment, and Human Factors Engineering.

Upcoming Events

2017 Human Systems Conference
Date: March 7-8, 2017
Waterford at Springfield 

Past Events 

2016 Human Systems Conference
Date: February 9-10, 2016
Waterford at Springfield

2015 Human Systems Conference
Date: February 10 - 11, 2015
Hilton Alexandria Old Town, VA  

2014 Human Systems Conference
Date: February 4-5, 2014
Event: 4350
Location: Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Human Systems Division Leadership

Dr. Christopher Nemeth
Principal Scientist, Cognitive Systems Group Leader
Applied Research Associates, Inc.
2760 Eisenhower Highway
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: (847) 869-3621

Deputy Chair
Mr. Gary Gomez
Taylor Connor Associates

Vice Chair
BG Pete Palmer, USA (Ret)
Director, EDGE Innovation Network
General Dynamics Corporation

NDIA Director
Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP
Director, Operations
Phone: (703) 247-2586

Human Systems Division Workshop

September 11-12, 2012

Download/Print/View Workshop Agenda

Download/Print/View Introduction - Dr. Chris Nemeth
Download/Print/View Human Systems COI Update - Mr. Jack Blackhurst
Download/Print/View Human Systems Priority Steering Council Update - Dr. John Tangney
Download/Print/View Army S&T Highlights - Mr. John Lockett
Download/Print/View Navy S&T Highlights - CDR Joseph Cohn, USN
Download/Print/View Air Force S&T Highlights - Mr. Jack Blackhurst
Download/Print/View Overview of 2007 NRC Study on HSI in the System Development Process and Some Resources, Recent Extensions, and Tools - Prof Frank Ritter
Download/Print/View Overview of NDIA Systems Engineering HSI Committee - Ms. Elaine Thorpe
Download/Print/View NASA HSI Perspective - Mr. David Fitts & Dr. Jen Rochlis Zumbado
Download/Print/View Industry HSI Perspective - Dr. Matthew Risser
Download/Print/View Government HSI Perspective: MANPRINT - Dr. Bev Knapp
Download/Print/View Government HSI Perspective: Navy HSI - Ms. Patricia Hamburger
Download/Print/View End of Day 1, Intro to Day 2 - Dr. Chris Nemeth
Download/Print/View Advocacy & Metrics Outbrief 
Download/Print/View Interfaces Outbrief
Download/Print/View Training Outbrief
Download/Print/View Workshop Summary - Dr. David Woods
Download/Print/View The Way Ahead - Dr. Chris Nemeth 

Download/Print/View Final Workshop Attendee Roster


Inaugural Meeting Proceedings

October 19, 2011

Download/Print/View Human Systems Inaugural Meeting Agenda
Download/Print/View Introduction
Download/Print/View Dr. Greg Zacharias Presentation; Part I
Download/Print/View Dr. John Tangney Presentation
Download/Print/View Dr. Elaine Thorpe Presentation
Download/Print/View Dr. Greg Zacharias Presentation; Part II
Download/Print/View Dr. Chris Nemeth Presentation; Part I
Download/Print/View Dr. Chris Nemeth Presentation; Part II

Download/Print/View Inaugural Meeting Attendee Roster -Uploaded 10/25/2011


Division Roster

Download/Print/View: Division Roster -Updated 7/13/2012 


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense