Training and Performance Innovations

Training and Performance Innovations (TPI) is geared to improving human performance - individuals and teams - in complex and demanding environments.

We do this by:

  • strengthening the self-management capacity and (mental/physical) resilience of people;
  • creating new, well-founded (learning) solutions in which we combine didactic, technological and organisational innovations;
  • creating challenging, effective and efficient (virtual) training environments;
  • research into /consultancy on equipment and facilities to enable people to function in extreme circumstances.

Our expertise

Training and Performance Innovations is a department with a powerful mix of experts in the area of human modelling, training, education and learning behaviour, physical and mental resilience, and human-system integration. We have been combining these disciplines for many years to generate innovative solutions that help to improve human performance in very demanding and complex circumstances. We specialise in identifying the complete package of requirements posed to people by the environment, tasks and equipment. We translate this into balanced, integral solutions: innovative training concepts on the basis of serious gaming and simulations that boost the self-management capacity and resilience of people or enable safe, efficient exercises where this would otherwise be far too risky or expensive. The same areas of expertise mean that we can design and calculate equipment that help to optimise human performance.

Applications and impact

Training using sophisticated tools

Several examples of applications:

  • Supporting Defence in developing the improved soldier system;
  • Modelling the behaviour of a soldier during operational circumstances;
  • High Performance Empowerment, such as the development and implementation of mental resilience training for Defence and other uniformed professions;
  • Development of team training concepts for Defence;
  • Analysis of training need and advising of efficient learning solutions;
  • Use of serious games in the education and training for Defence and Mayors;
  • Innovative evacuation training for railway personnel;
  • Solutions for sustainable deployment through Learning Always and Everywhere concepts;
  • Measuring the quality of operation and the return on learning solutions in practice;
  • Use of fieldlabs to facilitate research close to and with end users.

Human performance in adverse and demanding environments

The mission of the multi-disciplinary TNO team AHEAD is improving human performance, safety, health and wellbeing in environments that are adverse and high-demanding, which impose high physical, cognitive... Read more
Our work

LT Lab: the TNO learning technology laboratory

There is a growing need for new learning technologies like e-learning, blended learning, simulations and serious gaming and mobile learning. But how do we make full use of their potential? The answer... Read more

Marja Eijkman new Managing Director Unit Defence, Safety & Security

21 January 2020
We are pleased to announce that Ir. M.J. (Marja) Eijkman (54) will join TNO on 16 April 2020 as Managing Director of the unit Defence, Safety & Security, succeeding Henk Geveke. Mrs Eijkman has broad... Read more

NetForce Command: an alternative for command and control in a changing world

12 December 2019
What happens if hierarchical command and control no longer work in the hyper-connective world of tomorrow? Today, at Innovation in Defence in The Hague, one of TNO’s leading research groups presented the... Read more

Innovative crisis management solutions assessed in realistic simulation of a flooding scenario in The Netherlands

23 May 2019
On 22nd and 23rd May 2019, five innovative solutions were assessed in a realistic simulation of a flooding scenario in The Hague, The Netherlands. The simulation was part of a two-day tabletop DRIVER+... Read more

Expertise groups


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