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By Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Laboratory Assessments Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council

This quantity is the newest in a chain of biennial exams of the medical and technical caliber of the military study Laboratory (ARL). the present record summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 interval, within which ninety five volunteer specialists in fields of technology and engineering participated within the following actions: vacationing ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, interpreting amenities, conducting technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. the general caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings remains to be remarkable, in addition to the relevance in their paintings to military wishes. ARL keeps to express a transparent, passionate crisis for the tip consumer of its technology--the soldier within the box. whereas directorates have huge program-support missions, there's substantial customer-support paintings around the directorates, which universally display mindfulness of the significance of transitioning expertise to help fast and near-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering group. This involvement comprises tracking correct advancements in different places, conducting major collaborative paintings (including the Collaborative know-how Alliances), and sharing paintings via peer stories. commonly, ARL is operating rather well inside a suitable study and improvement area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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The speaker (distant) arrays also provide virtual walls to study complex sound reflection effects on depth perception. The other two anechoic spaces are impressive in size and development. The Sphere Room appears to be slated for basic and applied sound source localization research, including the rapid measurement of head transfer functions both with and without helmets. The Dome Room has characteristics appro­priate for experiments concerning the perception of sounds in space and the motion of sounds in azimuth with sound reflections.

COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE 23 Modeling and computational sciences clearly overlap multiple components of CISD’s charter and have been an area identified for crosscutting activities in previous Board assessments. They remain so. The issue of identifying potentially disruptive technologies that might radically change the problems confronting the Army (such as the rise of asymmetrical warfare and IEDs) and the way that the Army needs to leverage technology to respond to them are of laboratory-wide importance.

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