ARL West Colloquium Series | July 2017

U.S. Army Research Laboratory West Colloquium SeriesThe U.S. Army Research Laboratory West Colloquium Series will host the Performance & Applied Cognitive Engineering Cyber Operations Research Group, known as PACE-CybORG, July 6, 2017.

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PACE-CybORG conducts theoretical and experimental research on human factors in the cyber domain.

The event supports the laboratory’s Open Campus Initiative, which brings together interdisciplinary researchers to foster collaboration, provide a platform for academic exchange, circumvent processes that delay scientific knowledge, and provoke inspired conversation.

ARL West is located at 12025 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista, California, on the second floor.

ARL formally opened ARL West, collocated at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, as a west coast science and technology presence for the Army, April 13, 2016.

The laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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Schedule for July 6, 2017

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1:30pm – 2:10pm Lunch Meet & Greet

2:15pm – 3:00pm Performance Enhancement in Military Cyber Operations

3:00pm – 3:20pm Q&A

3:20pm – 4:00pm Academic Exchange Social


Enhancement of human performance in military cyber operations by facilitating the application of behavioral science in cyber defense practice

In cyber operations, we are less directly confronted with the outcomes of our action than in situations of physical or direct engagement. Our anticipation of future outcomes are more abstract or differently specified, less detailed, and typically decision-making processes are conducted under multiple converging and diverging pressures. These circumstances, are assumed but not yet well understood aspects of cognition, such as an increased tolerance to uncertainty or management of cognitive load, all contribute to how judgements and decisions are made to act and determine the overall performance. The effects of digitization on decision-making and the contribution of behavioral sciences are largely not investigated within the cyber domain, but this can nonetheless have immediate effects on cyber security at national and international level. In the wake of Cyber Pledge, this calls for an intensified effort in research, training and education of personnel with cyber competence. This talk will focus on human factors in cyber operations. What has been done so far by the research group PACE-CyBORG and the future landscape ahead.


Ricardo G. Lugo Ricardo G. Lugo is a lecturer in psychology at Lillehammer University College. His research interests involve health and performance psychology, with a focus on aspects of developmental, behavioral, and emotional regulation of performance in several domains.

Stefan Sütterlin

Stefan Sütterlin is a professor in Psychology at Lillehammer University College and affiliated with SLO University Hospital, Norway. His research interests include psychophysiology of behavioral control, decision-making, and cognition ­emotion interaction.

Benjamin J. Knox

Benjamin J. Knox is a teacher in International Studies at the Norwegian Defense Cyber Academy currently studying MSc in Development Management, and his research interests lie in improving human performance in digitization.

Lieutenant Commander Øyvind Jøsok

Lieutenant Commander Øyvind Jøsok is an instructor in Leadership at the Norwegian Defense Cyber Academy. He holds an MSc in leadership and is currently a PhD candidate within the area of psychology. His research interest lies in the area of physical and cognitive development and performance.

Kirsi Helkala

Kirsi Helkala is an associate professor at the Norwegian Defense Cyber Academy, holding a PhD within Information Security from the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research interests lie within information and cyber security, especially in its human aspects.

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