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Past event: Human Performance & Biosystems Summit

Extending the Capabilities of the Warfighter Through Training and Technology

The 2019 Human Performance and Biosystems Summit will provide a forum to discuss the current evolutions in human capabilities as a result of advances in human performance R&D and the development of new biological technologies.

This year's Summit will feature the latest training techniques and biological technology that will extend and enhance the capabilities of the human. The future operating environment demands that warfighter athletes perform at the highest level in prolonged engagements and in austere environments. This event will allow for relevant stakeholders from the community to detail ways to leverage these advancements to create a more lethal and resilient fighting force.

Topics to be Covered at the 2019 Summit:

  • Developing synchronization between hardware, software, and human elements of warfighter systems
  • Optimizing performance - training the warrior-athlete to be faster, stronger, and better over extended periods of time
  • Advancements in nutrition to sustain warfighters performing in prolonged, austere environments
  • Enhancing cognitive performance through neurotechnology
  • Development and deployment of biosystems to extend the capabilities of the warfighter
  • Deploying the next generation of wearable technology to optimize warfighter performance
  • Advancements in medical countermeasures to combat biological threats

Why You Should Attend This Year's Summit

Our Human Performance and Biosystems Summit will focus on opportunities to improve training as well as efforts to augment human systems through advanced machine-human interfaces in order to improve warfighter capabilities.

Maintaining an asymmetric advantage in operational environments is a key priority for the DoD, particularly as the current threat landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The advent of biotechnology poses an opportunity for the DoD to grow and maintain this advantage through the development of optimized warfighter systems and augmented human performance. It is critical that DoD works to develop true synchronization between hardware, software, and human elements of warfighter systems leading to optimized performance across DoD while minimizing harm and cost to the human component.

The 2019 Human Performance and Biosystems Summit will address the current state of biological technologies, advancements in training, and the future of bioconvergence. The Summit will foster discussions about how to leverage these emerging technologies and techniques to ensure warfighters maintain an overmatch ability in great power competition.

2019 Early-Confirmed Speakers:

  • MG Lonnie Hibbard, USA, Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, TRADOC
  • Dr. J. Corde Lane, Director, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, ARL
  • Catherine Koerner, Director, Human Health and Performance Directorate, NASA
  • Erik Antonsen, Assistant Director, Human System Risk Management, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Karen Gregorcyzk, Branch Chief, Physical Performance Branch, CCDC
  • Lloyd Tripp, Program Manager, Aerospace Physiology and Toxicology, AFRL 711th Human Performance Wing
  • Rick Sciotti,Chief, Drug Development Section, Office of Biodefense, Research Resources and Translational Research, Division of Microbial Infectious Diseases, NIH

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Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St, 22314
Alexandria, VA, USA


Mary M. Gates Learning Center/United Way
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

Hotel Rooms:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314\suitesalexandria

(Two walking blocks from the Mary M. Gates Learning Center.)
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There is NO parking available at the Conference Center, and street parking is limited to 2 hours.

Parking is available for a fee nearby at:
Waterfront At Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
$11 Daily Max - CASH ONLY

Canal Center (Three blocks away)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
$10 Daily Max

Washington Square (Four blocks away)
652 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314
$13 Daily Max

Please Note: Parking is NO LONGER AVAILABLE at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel (901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20481