Wearable Sensing and Human Performance

Polis Co-Founders Drs. Brian Lande and Jonathan Wender oversaw the use of devices called “sociometric badges” for measuring social performance in mission-critical environments as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) SSIM program.  The research Brian and Jonathan conducted in this area contributed to the development of the T3™ training model by helping to identify key features of successful social interaction.

Brian conducted further research with Aptima on the use of wearable sensors for measuring rapport, social influence, and interpersonal coordination during mission-critical tasks. Brian and his colleagues at Aptima and Sociometeric Solutions Inc. will be publishing a series of papers on the use of sociometers in this domain.

Brian also collaborated with Ben Waber at Sociometeric Solutions and Dr. Elizabeth Torres at Rutgers University to examine the use of wearable sensors to support the rehabilitation of patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries and comas (Disorders of Consciousness).  This innovative work helps medical teams make sense of interpersonal movement by integrating data from wearable accelerometers, gyroscopes, and thermometers. The research by Brian and his colleagues has been covered by the mainstream media (BusinessWeek and the Fresno Bee) and is also in review by peer-reviewed medical journals. Their work promises to open up a new field of medical telemetry for people with brain injuries.

Computational Social Vision

Brian introduced a new sub-discipline of computer vision during his time at DARPA, which he calls “computational social vision.” This field, developed in collaboration with Ajay Divarakan at the prestigious nonprofit research corporation, SRI-Sarnoff, looked into how humans “see” “social things.” This research identified the observable features of positive social interactions, such as rapport and trust. We are excited to use this cutting-edge research in our T3 training. This research has been published here:


Sociology and Crimionlogy

Lande, Brian. (2007). Breathing like a soldier: culture incarnate. The Sociological Review55(s1), 95-108.  Purchase the book Embodying Sociology which contains this article by me!

The Media, the Public, and the Law Enforcement Community: Correcting Misperceptions. The Police Chief Magazine.

By Colonel Michael Tooley (Montana Highway Patrol), Brian Lande (Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office), Gary Lande (Montana State University), Jeff Linkenbach (Montana State University).

Lande, Brian., and Klein, Gary. 2016. Moving the Needle: The Science of Good Police-Citizen Encounters. The Police Chief Magazine.

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