On 17-18 January 2018 the PCO held the second meeting of the DoD Working Group on Computational Modeling of Human Lethality, Injury, and Impairment from Blast-related Threats (WG). The WG meeting was facilitated by The MITRE Corporation at their campus in McLean, VA. The WG membership includes representatives from 24 DoD and seven government organizations.
The purpose of the WG is to shape, focus, and coordinate the DoD's computational modeling efforts to enable a new capability for modeling and simulation of human lethality, injury, and impairment from the entire spectrum of blast-related threats and environments.
During the meeting, participants approved the WG Charter, and reviewed and concurred with the roadmap and milestones for the development of the strategic plan. The WG members reviewed and modified a draft Modeling Questionnaire intended to capture information about existing computational models of human injury, impairment, and lethality. Other items that were discussed included a planned Computational Model Registry that will house information on computational human body models, and summary factors which will be used to group, evaluate, and better understand broad limitations in existing models. Discussion around the Modeling Questionnaire and the Model Registry included the challenges with data collection and availability, non-government partnerships, and model accessibility. Participants also discussed plans for a computational modeling Performer Workshop. The planned Performer Workshop supports the WG's desire to learn about the state of the science, future directions, and difficulties in establishing public-private partnerships.
The WG meeting concluded with unanimous concurrence on the scope of the desired DoD modeling capability for modeling and simulation of human lethality, injury, and impairment from the entire spectrum of blast-related threats and environments. This WG effort supports the responsibilities of the Executive Agent for the DoD Blast Injury Research Program, to promote partnerships and facilitate collaborations that further blast injury research, and will lead to improved strategies to prevent, mitigate, and treat blast injuries.
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