Office of Naval Research Prepared Warfighter Portfolio Review

  • June 27 - 28, 2024
  • In-Person at the Central Florida Tech Grove

    12809 Science Drive
    Orlando, Florida 32826
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The Central Florida Tech Grove will host the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Prepared Warfighter Portfolio Review. Portions of the event are open to the public to hear presentations by academic and industry teams conducting research supporting ONR's Warfighter Performance Department's Prepared Warfighter portfolio.  Join us for this unusual opportunity to gain insights into the work ONR is funding in Adaptive Training, Cognitive Sciences, and STEM initiatives.  


The Warfighter Performance department’s mission is to enhance warfighter effectiveness and efficiencies through bio-engineered and bio-robotic systems, medical and behavioral technologies, improved manpower, personnel, and training and systems design. The Prepared Warfighter portfolio within the department focuses on optimizing warfighter preparedness via development of intelligent and adaptive training, performance-aiding tools, and advanced and readily accessible training capabilities. The key objectives of the program are to:


  1. Accelerate Warfighter Readiness through Adaptive/Tailored Training
  2. Uncover and exploit the neurocognitive mechanisms of attention control to enhance task focus & content mastery during training & operations 
  3. Extend the conceptual and algorithmic bases of the Science of Learning and extend its concepts and methods for application in Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC)-based training


The areas of research concentration include attention control, adaptive training, Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training, and integration of assessment technologies into LVC, as well as the development of high-impact STEM programs for key human performance areas. For more information on the Warfighter Performance Department, visit the ONR website.


Register to join us in person for one or both days.  The schedule of presentations is provided below.


Thursday, June 27

0900 Welcome: Natalie Steinhauser, ONR Attention Control Program Manager


ONR Code 34 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Efforts 

0910  Francis Manno, East Carolina University

Longitudinal Analysis of Early Interventional Approaches to Science Erudition


0940  Frauke Tillmans, Divers Alert Network

Under Pressure: Communicating UMed challenges and showcasing ONR research


1010  Celeste Parry, National Marine Mammal Foundation

Dolphin Doctor: Place-Based Marine Mammal STEM Experiences


1025  Virginie Papadopoulou, UNC Chapel Hill 

2051 – Sea Odyssey


1040  Irene Miller; LCDR Geeseman, Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University Aviation Human Factors (SIENNA)


1055  Stacey Rudolph, Meucci and Company

Adopting Cybersecurity Education & Career Connected Curriculums Through Minecraft


1110  Brandy Jackson, Aecern LLC

BodySMART: An ONR-Credentialed STEM Program in Biometrics and Data Science to Enhance Human Performance and Safety in a SMART World


1125  Nicole Rivera, Orlando Science Center

Neighborhood Science


1140   1310   Lunch


Adaptive Training: Uncover Attention Control Techniques to Enhance Task Focus During Training & Operations (AC)

1310  Overview: Natalie Steinhauser


1315  Todd Braver, Washington University St. Louis

A Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Framework for Attentional Control Traits and States


134  Randy Engle, Georgia Tech

Understanding and Building Overall Cognitive Capability through Attention Control                                                                                                                                                           

1415  Randy Engle, Georgia Tech 

Investigating the Neural Mechanisms of Attention Control


1445  Ed Vogel, University of Chicago               

Optimizing Attention and Memory through Developing Expertise


1515   1530   Break


1530  Brian Odegaard, University of Florida

How Attention and Metacognitive Biases Influence Perceptual Decision-Making in Peripheral Vision


1600  Mounya Elhilali, Johns Hopkins University 

Auditory Salience in Complex Natural Scenes   


1630  Yi-Yuan Tang, Arizona State University

Effortless training of attention and self-control


1700  Jessica Cantlon, Carnegie Mellon University

The Neural Basis of Spatial Learning and Generalization from Educational Intervention


1730  End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Natalie Steinhauser 



Friday, June 28

0900  Overview: Natalie Steinhauser, ONR Attention Control Program Manager 


Cognitive Science of Learning 

0910  Nash Unsworth, University of Oregon

Variation in the Intensity and Consistency of Attention During Learning


0940  Richard Mayer, UC Santa Barbara

Evidence-Based Principles for Increasing the Effectiveness of Learning with Virtual Reality 


1010  Erik Altmann, Michigan State University

Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Individual Differences on Procedural Placekeeping


1040  Lia DiBello & Dee Andrews, ACSI Labs Inc.

Accelerating Acquisition of Tactical Expertise in Ill Structured Combat Settings


1110  Sudipto Ghoshal, Qualtech Systems

Model-based Adaptive and Intelligent Naval Training for Operational Readiness (MAINTOR)


1140  Siddarth Srivastava, Arizona State University

Shipboard Assistants for Troubleshooting AI Systems


Auditory Icons

1210  Joseph Schlesinger, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Development and Evaluation of Novel Auditory Alerts to Enhance Warfighter Communication


 1240  Closing Remarks and Discussion: Natalie Steinhauser 


Date & Time

Jun 27, 2024 9:00 AM - Jun 28, 2024 1:00 PM

Venue Details

In-Person at the Central Florida Tech Grove

12809 Science Drive
Orlando, Florida 32826 In-Person at the Central Florida Tech Grove
Central Florida Tech Grove

The Central Florida Tech Grove is a hub for accelerating collaboration and innovation in defense modeling, simulation, training, and human performance.  Tech Grove is located in the Central Florida Research Park in Orlando, Florida which is the epicenter of the nation's largest cluster of government, industry, academic, and industry organizations developing and delivering training and simulation products for our nation's military. Tech Grove was established in 2020 through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) between the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and the University of Central Florida Research Foundation.  Eight other Department of Defense entities are Tech Grove members: US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), US Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation (AFAMS), US Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), US Army Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC), US Army Futures Command Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team (STE CFT), Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), Defense Health Agency (DHA), and the Office of Naval Research through the NavalX Central Florida Tech Bridge.


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