On December 3-7, 2018, Mr. Leggieri chaired the seventh meeting of the NATO Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) 270 Research Task Group (RTG) in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The meeting took place at the Stellenbosch Facility of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Natural Resources, and Environmental Business Unit. The objective of the RTG is to develop a framework for modeling and simulation (M&S) of human lethality, injury, and impairment from blast-related events. This M&S capability will enable the rapid development and testing of novel blast protection strategies in a virtual environment. During this meeting, the RTG members reviewed 61 computational modeling papers identified by the participating nations, identified models that are suitable for inclusion in the modeling framework, and aligned the identified models within the framework. The next task for the RTG is to perform a similar review and analysis on 200 computational modeling papers identified in the RTG's systematic literature review. Participation in the RTG supports the Executive Agent's (EA) responsibilities of facilitating collaboration within and outside the Department of Defense (DoD), identifying blast injury research gaps, and shaping programs to fill those gaps. Read more...
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