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Physical Monitoring Techniques to Improve Warfighter Performance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-P-0031
Agency Tracking Number: A20B-T008-0280
Amount: $173,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20B-T008
Solicitation Number: 20.B
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-01-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-13
Small Business Information
215 Parkway North P.O. Box 280
Waterford, CT 06385-1209
United States
DUNS: 077317766
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Demetri Economos
 (937) 702-9162
Business Contact
 Amy Stuchell
Phone: (860) 326-3639
Research Institution
 University of Iowa
 Travis Klopfenstein
CAD- Research Engineering, 4607 SC
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

 (319) 384-0572
 Nonprofit College or University

In the field, warfighters are exposed to a complex set of stressors. Increasingly heavier combat loads, extreme environmental conditions, and improper nutrition are a few examples. Unfortunately, the effects on their physical and cognitive performance are not well understood, which can negatively affect the decision-making processes causing tactical errors leading to operational or strategic consequences. In Phase I we will identify a wearable solution for combat and training environments and evaluate potential sensor candidates for accurate classification of physiological states and physical activities. Strength, durability, and ruggedness of candidate sensors and materials will be determined. A new technology called the Multimodal Physiological-Status Monitor (MPM) will be developed to: accurately register physiological vitals, cognitive status, body position, and type of activity; promote training safety by alerting training instructors during training evolutions or during post-training debriefs; enable groundbreaking research by increasing the accessibility and analysis of warfighter data taken while in the training environment and in combat; enhance understanding of the interactions between the physical environment, the corresponding physiological responses, and their effects on combat readiness and performance; and enable timely decisions at every command level by providing automation methods to support information gathering, analysis, and processing through uplink to JADC2.

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