Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit

The Warrior Research Center is hosting the First Annual Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit on July 27-28, 2017, at Auburn University, Foy Auditorium, in Auburn, Alabama.


Tactical Athlete Summit logoJuly 27-28, 2017
Auburn University
Foy Auditorium

This conference is the first of its kind in the intersection of health, technology, and innovation for our U.S. Armed Forces. Industry, academia, and government all come together to share novel ideas and report key findings to optimize tactical athlete performance.

The two-day summit is hosted by the Warrior Research Center, part of the Auburn University College of Education, School of Kinesiology.

The summit consists of presentations, posters, and panel discussions about research in the field and new projects related to soldier training, injury prevention, medical treatment/rehabilitation, equipment/vehicle impact, and more. Researchers and non-researchers, including athletic trainers, military personnel, police and fire divisions, and equipment manufacturers, as well as students, are welcome to attend.


Mr. Tamilio is Director of U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts. Mr. Tamilio is responsible for the planning, programming, coordination and execution of the research, development, and engineering program. The program is dedicated to the sustainment and protection of the nation’s combat forces from the stresses of war through functionally suitable food, clothing, airborne and airdrop equipment, tactical shelters, and organization personal equipment. NSRDEC delivers world-class research, development, systems engineering and services with the unique “Soldier”-centric focus.


Mr. Langhout is the Director of the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering‬ Center (AMRDEC). AMRDEC’s mission is to deliver collaborative and innovative technical capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, product development, and life cycle systems engineering solutions. Their vision is to be a Warfighter-focused valued team of world leaders in aviation and missile technologies and life cycle systems engineering.


Registration for the 2017 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit opens March 1, 2017. The cost includes access to all lectures, posters, and panels, as well as lunch and a networking reception on July 27, and refreshment breaks.

  • Regular Registration (through June 30) $55
  • Late Registration (July 1 – 28) $70
  • Student Registration $25
  • Presenter Registration $15
  • Veteran Registration $40
Register Online
Summit Agenda
accommodationsAuburn University Hotel and Conference Center at night

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the Hotel at Auburn University for conference participants Wednesday night, July 26 and Thursday night, July 27 at a special group rate. Please call (800) 228-2876 or make a reservation online by July 20 for the discounted rate. Please reference the Tactical Athlete Conference.

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center


Heat-study Man standing over computer at outdoor soldier stationWe are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the annual Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit. The Warrior Research Center accepts proposals for lecture-style research presentations, posters (graduate student and professional), and project area panels for a Q&A discussion each year.

We welcome abstract proposals for the summit starting January 1 each year. The submission deadline is April 15. All proposals will be reviewed within four weeks of submission. Announcement of accepted proposals will occur via e-mail by May 1.

Conference Themes:
    • Performance
    • Training/Education enhancement
    • Injury reduction
    • Medical rehabilitation/treatment
    • Technology
    • Equipment/Vehicle impact
Submit Abstract
Warrior Research Center

warrior research center logo

The WRC is located in Auburn, AL, and is directed by JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC, an Associate Professor in Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology. Dr. Sefton is also the director of the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory. WRC’s mission is to assist the United States Armed Forces to maximize readiness through improved Warrior health and wellness, improved physical and technical performance, and innovative vehicles and equipment in order to fight and win in a complex world.


 ContactSefton and soldiers

For questions or additional information about the Tactical Athlete Summit, please send an e-mail to Dr. JoEllen Sefton.

We look forward to seeing you at the First Annual Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit July 27-28, 2017!

2018 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit September 27-28, 2018