US Army selects Charles River to develop soldier operational readiness assessment system


Charles River Analytics has been selected by the US Army to build a system with an ability to assess vestibular indicators of soldier operational readiness (ADVISOR).

Soldiers displaying symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) require accurate, timely, in-theatre assessment in order to maximise their ability to function and survive.

The follow-on contract requires the company to design the system to guide non-otolaryngology expert personnel through clinically validated vestibular function assessments that are carried out in a reality environment to support in-theatre screening.

Charles River senior scientist Dr. Michael Jenkins said: “These assessments are often conducted by first-level responders immediately following the injury, and symptoms of vestibular dysfunction in particular are often missed or misdiagnosed due to a lack of familiarity with the subtleties of impaired vestibular function that can accompany concussions or mTBI.”

The company partners with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Thomas von Wiegand of Sensimetrics, and LTC Mark Pires on the ADVISOR project.

"The two-year contract is valued at around $1m."

The two-year contract is valued at around $1m.

Charles River was recently contracted to support the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the scientific advances to continuous insider threat detection (SCITE) programme.

The SCITE programme is aimed at developing and testing methods for detecting insider threats, which are security risks originating from individuals within an organisation, according to the company.


Image: The ADVISOR conceptual deployment. Photo: courtesy of Charles River Analytics Inc.