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The Home of Simulation & Training Research and Your Portal
to Modeling & Simulation at the University of Central Florida

The Florida High Tech Corridor boasts of the highest concentration of simulation and training
related activities in the nation. IST's primary focus is on human-in-the-loop simulation and
modeling of human activity. Other UCF departments focus on science-based simulation;
we can help you find those appropriate for your needs.

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Visit IST at I/ITSEC 2015!

Attending I/ITSEC 2015?
Visit IST Demos at Booths #2160 & #2781!

IST will once again be partnering with The National Center of Simulation and other Central Florida M&S leaders to represent Florida as the National Center of Simulation on the I/ITSEC 2015 Exhibit Floor. Stop by our booth, #2160, to view several demonstrations of projects and research happening now at IST and to learn more about our capabilities.

Download and print this helpful guide to find IST and UCF exhibitors while at I/ITSEC.

Client Assessment Practice Simulation (CAPS)

MEdSim Magazine Features Ryan Hill's Client Assessment Practice Simulation (CAPS)

MEdSim Magazine, which aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals, featured an article about PhD candidate Ryan Hill's Client Assessment Practice Simulation (CAPS) Research Program. The CAPS prototype explores how effective simulation-based training is for skill development and evaluation purposes. The prototype featuers a virtual client that responds and animates based on the learner's open entry of statements and questions. For more information, read Ryan's article in the digital format of MEdSim's Magazine: Issue 5-2015.

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft Awards UCF Research Team Two HoloLens Units for Memory Lens Project

A UCF research team, Dr. Lori C. Walters, Eileen Smith, Robert Michlowitz, and Alexia Mandeville, in partnership with Dr. Fran Blumberg from Fordham University, have been awarded two of the first Microsoft HoloLens units. The HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with our world. The UCF research team's project, Memory Lens: A Dynamic Tool for Capturing Societal Memory, explores the unique capabilities of the Microsoft HoloLens to facilitate intergenerational transfer of knowledge about key historical periods between youth and elders and to gather what we refer to as Micro-Oral Histories (MOH). For more information about Microsoft's HoloLens and the UCF project, read the full press release.

TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport

Project to Perserve the TWA Flight Center Garner Attention

Lori Walters latest efforts in perserving historic landmarks digitally has caught the attention of several news outlets. This time it's the icon TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. She and her team have been onsite scanning the building before any work for redevelopment begins and they lose the chance to capture the building exactly as it was when it was designed. Read more about her work on the Flight Center and see pictures of the scanning in process at Curbed or UCF Today.

Celebrate National Robotics Week with the Robotics Club at UCF

National Robotics Week

To celebrate National Robotics Week, the Robotics Club at UCF will be hosting a demonstration of the new platforms and technologies they have been working on this academic year. The club has a long history of success developing the next generation of robotics engineers and professionals. This year the club plans to compete at three international events that include colleges and universities from across the globe.

Please join us Friday, April 10, 2015 from 11-2 between the Partnership II and III buildings to get a glimpse of the new platforms and designs for the ground, boat, and submarine robots the students are preparing for competition this summer. For more details, download the event flyer.

Beth Phillips, Nerd Nite's Selected Speaker

Beth Phillips

Doctoral candidate, Beth Phillips, has been invited to speak at a national event about an area of research that was an outgrowth of her involvement with the RCTA (Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance) project. Beth recently gave a presentation on the future of human relationships with robots and robotic technologies for a community event called Nerd Nite, Orlando. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 80 cities globally, in which speakers give fun and informative presentations on interesting topics in science and technology to community audiences, with the goal of disseminating recent developments in science and tech to broad audiences. Now, Nerd Nite is teaming up with The Smithsonian for an event called "The future is here: Science meets science-fiction, imagination, inspiration, and invention." Beth's talk was selected to represent the Orlando chapter of Nerd Nite as one of only 10 invited presentations for the event. She will be giving this talk at The Smithsonian in DC in May.

Congratulations Lt. Joe Mercado

Marcado Oath in Office

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Mercado on his recent commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Joe is a 2014 graduate of the Modeling and Simulation Doctoral Program under the direction of Drs. Lauren Reinerman-Jones and Peter Hancock. He has worked on Dr. Reinerman-Jones' team for the past 3.5 years at the Institute for Simulation and Training where he completed his dissertation on sponsored work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission informing regulation policy. Simultaneously, he has held positions at the United States Army Research Institute and Army Research Laboratory. He will be relocating to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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