By Terri M. Bernhardt

The NATO Science & Technology Organization recently hosted a three day Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM) in Orlando themed, “Beyond Time and Space.” The purpose of their visit was to evaluate new and emerging technologies, working environments and methods that could break down the oppression of time and space in the area of human factors.

ST logoThe specific goal of the meeting was to facilitate a broader understanding of the promise and pitfalls of technologies and working environments in NATO military settings, with special regard to the human in the system and to the integration of humans and technical subsystems.

During the three-day conference, Team Orlando invited the attendees to a technical tour, Team Orlando Human Factors in Medicine and Training & Simulation. This portion of the conference allowed the group to see first-hand the coordinated research efforts that are required to expand an understanding of certain technologies, their effectiveness, the potential risks and the possible benefits of new ways to work and collaborate.

Half of the attendees came to Team Orlando where the University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation & Training, the US Army’s Simulation and Training Technology Center, and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division showcased various Department of Defense Medical and Training Science and Technology Programs. The other half traveled to the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Robotics Surgery Program, where Dr. Roger Smith demonstrated their da Vinci robotic surgery training capability.

As a result of the symposium, the NATO Science & Technology Organization hopes to inform the NATO Military Committee, and other NATO committees, about current options for NATO operations in the areas of telemedicine, remote cooperation and warfare, from data to meaning in large data spaces, virtual life and planning and forecasting for future times and spaces.