[CogSci] CfA: 1st TEMPER Workshop on Training Enhancement and Military Performance

Massimiliano Cappuccio massimilianocappuccio at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 16 22:25:25 PST 2019

International Call for Abstracts

1st TEMPER workshop on Training Enhancement and Military PERformance

13-14 February 2020

University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

Updates: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/conferences/TEMPER<http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/conferences/TEMPER>

Inquiries: m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au>

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The Values in Defence and Security Technology group (VDST) invites researchers and professional practitioners to submit abstracts to the inaugural TEMPER workshop dedicated to cognitive enhancement and human performance in military training. The workshop will be held on 13-14 February 2020 at University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

TEMPER is designed to transfer scientific expertise, training & preparation methods, and technological know-how among academics and practitioners working for the military and the sports industry. As excellence in military training importantly draws on psychological methods, sophisticated cognitive models, and technological innovations, the workshop focuses on the improvement of the warfighter’s skills and cognitive abilities through training, exercise, and augmentation.

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Dr Damian Birney (Director, Cognitive and Individual Differences Training Lab, University of Sydney)

Dr Monique Crane (Director, Resilience Research and Training Systems, CEPET, Macquarie University)

Mr Kelly Cross (Technical director, Sydney Football Club – Youth)

Dr Steve Fiore (Director, Cognitive Science Laboratory, University of Central Florida)

Dr Gerald F. Goodwin (Chief of Basic Research, U.S. Army Research Institute,
Fort Belvoir)

MAJ Lee Hayward (Keogh Chair, Future Land Warfare Branch Land Capability Division)

Prof Daniel D. Hutto (Director, Minds in Skilled Performance, University of Wollongong)

Prof Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza (Chair, Philosophy Department, Linfield College)

Dr Michael D. Kirchhoff (Discipline Leader, Minds in Skilled Performance, University of Wollongong)

BRIG Ian Langford (Director, Future Land Warfare, Army Headquarters)

Dr Nadine Marcus (Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of New South Wales)

Prof Rich Masters (Honorary Professor, School of Health, Waikato University)

Mr Kenneth Murray (Director, Armiger Police Training Institute)

CAPT Dorothea O’Conor (Psychologist, Human Peformance Optimisation Centre of Excellence, Holsworthy Barracks)

Dr Gert-Jan Pepping (Deputy Head, School of Behavioural & Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University)

Dr Miriam Reiner (Director, Virtual Reality and Neurocognition Lab, Technion)

LTC Darcy Schnack (Director, Center for Enhanced Performance, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint)

Dr Christian Swann (Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University)

*Last updated: 12 November 2019.

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Four thematic areas will be prioritized in the panel discussions and parallel sessions:

(1) Enhanced skill acquisition methods;

(2) Performance under pressure and resilience;

(3) Situational awareness and decision under risk;

(4) Team performance optimization and analysis (including human-agent teams).

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TEMPER primarily focuses on military applications. The speakers are encouraged to link their presentations to scientific advances in sport & performance psychology and embodied cognition theory. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

Analytics and quantitative methods in human performance

Augmented reality and holographic goggles

Biological and neuronal markers

Bio and neurofeedback-based accelerated training techniques

Communication in special operations

Extended perception through sensors and sensory-substitution/integration

Flow states and motivation

Fluid intelligence and cognitive performance assessment methods

Human-robot interaction and coordination

Infantry tactical coordination

Long-term concentration and focus techniques for radar personnel

Marksmanship: high performance and improved training

Martial arts and combat techniques

Mental flexibility and decision under uncertainty

Mission preparation in digitally simulated scenarios

Moral injury and burnout

Multi-task coordination

Nutrition and cognitive performance

Performance under pressure and fear management

Post-traumatic stress

Proprioceptive feedback in prostheses and exoskeletons

Quiet eye and visual attention in air force pilots


Selection of military personnel based on cognitive skills and aptitudes

Situation awareness and enhanced perception

Skill acquisition and automatization

Team cohesion, morale and self-efficacy

Technologies for cognitive and physical enhancement

Telepresence and simulated bodies in military operations

Underwater missions’ psychophysical preparation

Warfighter’s deontology, between ethics and psychology

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We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit a 350-700 word abstract for consideration. Presentations will be organized into thematic sessions. Abstracts must be submitted on-line through the TEMPER website by 31 December 2019:


Only if the submission webpage is unavailable, send your abstract to: m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au>

Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 7 January 2020.

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Registration is now open and closes on 31 January 2020. Registration incurs a fee of $80 for each of the two days of the workshop. The concessionary fee ($40 per day) is available to university students and members of the Armed Forces. Registration fee is waived for students and faculty members of ADFA and UNSW. The social dinner on 13 February 2020 is optional and incurs an additional $85 fee. Fees must be paid online before the beginning of the workshop. To register, please use the registration link available in the TEMPER website:


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The workshop’s venue is Adams Auditorium, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) campus, Northcott drive, Campbell ACT 2612. ADFA campus is located only 10 minutes from Canberra airport and 5 minutes from the Australian War Memorial. Access to WiFi is available on site. A map of directions to Campus and the Campus map can be found here:


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The dinner will be held at The Promenade Café - Hyatt Hotel Canberra, on 13 February 2020, starting 6pm. Registration is mandatory and incurs a $85 fee.


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Numerous hotels and motels are available at driving distance from ADFA campus, either in Canberra (5-minute drive) or Queanbeyan (15-minute drive). Early reservation is recommended as hotels in Canberra city centre are expected to be heavily booked due to the scheduled sittings of the Australian Parliament.

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For further information about the workshop please contact Dr Max Cappuccio (m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au).

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TEMPER is brought to you by Values in Defence and Security Technology (VDST) group

Dr. Massimiliano L. Cappuccio
Deputy Director | Values in Defence & Security Technology Group (VDST), UNSW Canberra @ ADFA
Room 370-71, Building 21
The University of New South Wales, Canberra
Campbell ACT 2612, Australia
E m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.cappuccio at unsw.edu.au> | W www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/our-people/max-cappuccio<https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/our-people/max-cappuccio#quickset-people1> | P +61 (0)433 900 627

M. Cappuccio (ed.), Handbook of Embodied cognition and Sport Psychology, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2019, 808 pages, ISBN: 9780262038508

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