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Aptima and GEISTT Partner on R&D

Aptima and GEISTT Partner on R&D

Aptima and GEISTT AB of Sweden Partner on Human-Centered R&D for US and European Markets

Firms combine human-system performance expertise that enhance military training & operationsGEISST

Woburn, MA and Stockholm, Sweden, October 7, 2013 – Aptima, Inc. and GEISTT AB announced today that the companies have formed a partnership to offer and develop human-centered services and solutions to the US and European markets, starting with training and performance assessment technologies for military training and operations.

Aptima, which applies expertise in how humans think, learn, and behave, and GEISTT, a Swedish firm whose mission is to unleash the power of sociotechnical systems, will initially focus on identifying training gaps and developing solutions to improve military readiness in light of shifting mission requirements, accelerated deployment schedules, and the needs of joint-force operations.

“Today’s warfighters are encountering new challenges to their performance, from contending with ever more complex technical systems, to the need for seamless collaboration amongst coalition teams with diverse skillsets,” saidMichael Garrity, Vice President of Programs for Aptima. “Aptima and GEISTT look forward to addressing these issues with solutions that improve human-system performance in these mission critical environments.”

The partnership between the firms formalizes a professional relationship begun in 2006, when Aptima supported a collaboration between U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). Aptima’s extensive experience with developing training, systems design, and assessment tools includes contracts with all service branches of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and DoD research laboratories including the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Army Research Institute.

Aptima anticipates leveraging products in its portfolio with GEISTT for transfer to the European markets. These include SPOTLITE™, a mobile app for measuring human performance in live operations and field training exercises, such as evaluating pilot readiness at home base and in deployed settings, and PM Engine ™, Aptima’s performance measurement engine for measuring, assessing, tracking, and reporting performance in live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) training and simulation environments.

“The need for advancing human performance capabilities is universal, but the availability of that expertise is not. As a European provider of such expertise, GEISTT feels very fortunate to have a partner in Aptima whose track record in developing research-based software for the U.S. human-systems marketaligns so well with GEISTT’s mission,” said Jonathan Borgvall, CEO of GEISTT AB. “Establishing this mutually preferred partnership between Aptima and GEISTT for the U.S. and European markets offers great opportunities for improving human-system performance in a broad range of domains,” added Martin Castor, Chief Science Officer of GEISTT AB.


Many contemporary workplaces are complex socio-technical systems – a diverse blend of people operating advanced technologies under streamlined organizational conditions. GEISTT capabilities unleash the true power of these socio-technical systems by combining a deep understanding of advanced technology and complex organizations with scientific expertise of human cognition and interaction. Based on scientific and research-based expertise, methodologies, and tools GEISTT facilitate the generation of applied, resource-effective solutions that increase the understanding and fit within and between such socio-technical systems, ultimately enhancing performance, safety, and effectiveness of individuals, teams, and organizations. GEISTT’s clients are often from domains with high-performing individuals, teams, and organizations operating complex systems under high-stake conditions, such as defence, aviation, aerospace, health care, police, fire services, and finance, to mention a few. For more information, please visit GEISTT.