The name change comes as AHEAD rolls out a formal membership program, branding and a website for the public, government and industry to obtain information on its research.
AHEAD’s research capabilities include neuroscience/medical imaging; automated and semi-automated tools to measure human performance in the operation of remotely piloted unmanned platforms; intelligence analysis trust and visualization tools; and live learning, modeling, simulation and training environments.
The new name is designed to better acquaint the public with the research its members conduct for the 711th Human Performance Wing and other agencies and to differentiate it from other human performance research organizations.
AHEAD was established in 2010 as the Human Performance Consortium (HPC) under the auspices of the Wright State Research Institute, a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with Wright State University. In that time, AHEAD has won three, million-dollar-plus contracts awarded to its members aimed at advancing human systems technologies to meet future Air Force challenges.
S. Narayanan, executive director of the Wright State Research Institute, said that by bringing the best and brightest together in the region regardless of organizational affiliation and helping accelerate research at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the model has been proven to work.
“AHEAD is now beyond proof-of-concept, is generating jobs in the Dayton region and is ready to expand,” Narayanan said.