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Human Systems Integration

Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a multidisciplinary field of study composed of several basic areas:

  • Human Factors Engineering
  • System Safety
  • Health Hazards
  • Personnel Survivability
  • Manpower
  • Personnel
  • Training
  • Habitability

Human Systems Integration (HSI) emphasizes human considerations as the top priority in systems design/acquisition to reduce life cycle costs and optimize system performance.

NPS HSI Program & Facilities

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is currently the only school in the nation that grants a degree in Human Systems Integration (HSI). The HSI program at NPS advocates a human-centered approach in the design, acquisition, testing, and operation of human-machine interfaces. The NPS Master’s degree program in HSI was started in 2003 and is a rigorous two-year curriculum with coursework addressing the various domain of HSI. The degree culminates in a thesis that focuses on at least three of the HSI domains. Faculty members advise student thesis efforts and actively engage in HSI-related research, focusing on individual and team performance in tactical military settings. The Human Systems Integration Laboratory (HSIL) was established to augment classroom instruction and to support student and faculty research. The lab provides a broad spectrum of capabilities giving students hands-on opportunities to explore relationships between humans and technology in complex systems. It includes a team performance lab that allows for quantification of co-located and distributed team behaviors. In 2004, the HSIL was expanded to include the Applied Warfighter Ergonomics (AWE) Center, a state-of-the art usability testing facility for recording and analyzing individual performance data in laboratory and field applications. Additional capabilities include visual gaze through head and eye tracking and 2-D motion capture and analysis capability.

The NPS student population of approximately 1500 resident graduate students represents all branches of the US military forces and many international military coalition partners. While the vast majority of students attending NPS are military officers, civilians employed by the DoD are also eligible to attend. In addition to the resident courses, a rapidly expanding distance learning (DL) program and VTE program exist.

Please download a brochure on HSI here.

Also available are the NPS HSI DL Certificate Program and the Distance Learning Master's Degree (Curriculum 359) in HSI.

What can I expect?

Click here to read a student's perspective on the HSI program.

Eight quarters (2 years) of academic challenges in a stimulating academic environment and direct application to current problems of interest to the Department of Defense and Federal Government. Students go on a six week “Experience Tour”, where they work shoulder-to-shoulder with current HSI practitioners on “real-world” problems. The culmination of the program is the master’s thesis, where students focus their skills on a selected problem of interest. This program leads to a Masters of Applied Science Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

What are some examples of applications of HSI to current “real world” issues?

  • UAV Operations
  • Command & Control
  • Sleep and fatigue in military operations
  • High-speed Vessel (HSV)
  • C4ISR Data Fusion
  • Littoral Ship Combatant Program

In both government and the private sector, HSI practitioners are assigned to jobs where their expertise can make a positive impact on the design, testing, and operation of complex technologies and weapons systems.

HSI Program Goals

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Describe and apply human performance theories and principles in the analysis and design of human systems
  • Conduct research in laboratory and field settings; present findings both orally and in writing
  • Apply human modeling capabilities to facilitate the analysis and design of human systems
  • Synthesize and evaluate the domains of HSI in a systems acquisition context
  • Evaluate the political, organizational, social, and economic issues associated with integrating human-machine systems into organizations

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