About 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 from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and also 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 September 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.