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News (8 Aug 2014)

Dr. Chuck Oman has decided to step down as the Director of MVL. Prof. Dava Newman and Prof. Jeff Hoffman are our new co-Directors! Many thanks to Chuck for his amazing leadership of the lab!!

Congratulations to Eddie Obropta for winning the Best Poster Award at the Intl. Conf. on Envrionment Systems in Tuscon, AZ. Also, Alexandra Hilbert won Third Place for her research.

Congratulations also to Giuseppe Cataldo who received the 2014 AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award for demostrated excellence in his research and its impact in the space sciences.

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Welcome to the Man Vehicle Laboratory!

The Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a research group within the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Founded in 1962, MVL's goal is to better define the physiological and cognitive limitations of pilots and passengers of aircraft and spacecraft, and to optimize overall human-vehicle system effectiveness and safety. Research is interdisciplinary, utilizing techniques from manual and supervisory control, estimation, signal processing, biomechanics, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, sensory-motor physiology, human factors, and biostatistics. Students are primarily from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, but many also from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology. Many graduate students participate in bioastronautics research supported by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

On Spetember 14, 2012, the MVL celebrated its 50th anniversary with a one day symposium featuring alumni and current students. More information about the festivities are available in the MIT News Office press release and MVL@50 page on the MVL web site.