Alexandria, VA

Cognitive Systems Engineering

Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA uses Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) methods to intensely study cognitive work as it is actually done in field settings to develop systems... more

Threat Detection Skills Trainer

Improve Threat Detection by U.S. Army Soldiers on Patrol

ARA assessed and validated threat detection measures, identified expert mental models, and created training to improve threat detection performance. more

Intensive Care Unit

Cooperative Communication System for a Burn Intensive Care Unit

ARA developed a real-time decision support and team communications IT system to improve intensive care unit clinical team efficiency and safety. more

TSA Passenger Checkpoint

Improving TSA Screening Performance via Cognitive Systems Engineering

ARA studied airline passenger screening human factors, organizational design, job design, and training to improve Security Officer performance. The... more


Human Factors Support for Redesign of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

ARA performed a human factors evaluation of design of a new physical workspace for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC) and... more

Heuristica, a serious game

Heuristica Serious Games

Heuristica, a serious game, trains participants to improve their critical thinking and decision making by reducing cognitive biases. more

Safer Rail Transportation - Federal Railroad Administration

E-Learning Website for Human Systems Integration

ARA developed an interactive web site to enable understanding of human systems integration (HSI) issues such as attention and distraction for two... more

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting System Design

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting

ARA collaborated with two industry teams to develop the Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) system. The system is designed to synthesize... more

Organizational Resilience in the ISS Program

Best Practices for Organizational Resilience in the ISS Program

ARA studied Johnson Space Center (JSC) practices to determine causes leading to two near-fatal extra-vehicular activity (spacewalks): ISS... more

  • Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • Threat Detection Skills Trainer
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • TSA Passenger Checkpoint
  • NICU
  • Heuristica, a serious game
  • Safer Rail Transportation - Federal Railroad Administration
  • Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting System Design
  • Organizational Resilience in the ISS Program

Risk Assessment and Management

ARA provides comprehensive risk assessment services and tools to maximize physical and electronic security, within the government and private... more

Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and Simulation

Tools for decision support and training for defense applications, the transportation community, medical and life sciences, and emergency... more

Test and Evaluation

Weapons Development, Testing, and Effects

From penetration and detonation underground, to air-blast, to a nuclear attack against U.S. satellites in space, ARA scientists and engineers... more

Materials Measurement Laboratory

Capital Area Materials Measurement Laboratory

ARA’s analytical chemistry laboratory performs CBRNE detection R&D including analysis of species in dirty matrices and the development of... more

Applied Cognition

Cognitive Solutions

Our cognitive capabilities combined with our expertise in the physical sciences allow us to develop solutions that enhance the performance of... more