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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;
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Best Use of VR at KnightHacks 2016

Congratulations to Julio Guitierrez & Team for "Best Use of VR" Win at KnightHacks 2016

An ndergraduate student working in Prodigy at IST, Julio Guitierrez participated in KnightHacks 2016 – UCF's first ever hackathon sanctioned by Major League Hacking (MLH). A hackathon is an event where you have 24 (or more) contiguous hours to develop a mobile app, a game, some awesome hardware, or anything that makes your ideas come to life. Julio, with four other students, made a game for the Oculus Rift where you throw a javelin using the Myo armband. They won "Best Use of VR."

Julio also recently landed a summer internship at Microsoft and will work for the Universal Windows Store group. Congratulations, Julio!


Lucas Pasqualin 1 of 3 Selected to Study Abroad at the Children's Media Department of FIDMT in Erfurt, Germany

Congratulations to Lucas Pasqualin, a student working in Prodigy at IST, who has been selected as 1 of 3 undergraduate students from UCF to study abroad this summer at the Children's Media Department of FIDMT in Erfurt, Germany. This is a result of an NSF funded project. He will have a mentor who will seek to grow his professional skills in an international research setting.

The research is primarily focused on Digital Storytelling, with an emphasis on Children's Games and Dynamic Storytelling. The researchers would like to design a system that a child can interact with, and ask questions such as "Can you tell me a different story?", or "What would happen if..." The research encompasses such topics as formal methods for generating and storing new story lines, the effect of digital avatars on listener engagement, and other related technologies.


Dr. Crystal Maraj Featured in Valencia News

As a Valencia graduate who is succeeding in the field of Simulation Research, our very own Dr. Crystal Maraj was recently profiled in Valencia News. The article covers Dr. Maraj's personal history and academic background as well as what has helped her succed at UCF and IST. Read the article online at the Valencia News website.


Dr. Daniel Barber Demonstrates Assisted-Driving Simulator

Orlando Sentinel Covers Assisted-Driving Simulator

In December, a staff writer at the Orlando Sentinel spoke to Dr. Daniel Barber about his assisted-driving simulator project. UCF's simulated car, simulates the experience of riding in an automated car and will be used to look at how people in automated car when something goes wrong. To learn more about the project, read "Knight Rider? No, just UCF's simulated car" online.


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.


Congratulations to IST's Fall 2015 Graduates!

Congratulations to IST's Fall 2015 Graduates!

Megan Gregory (PhD. Psychology), Nelson Lerma (PhD, Industrial Engineering), Anthony Selkowitz (PhD, Human Factors Psychology), Grace Teo (PhD, Applied Experimental & Human Factors Psychology), Karla Badillo-Urquiola (Masters, Modeling & Simulation), Salam Daher (Masters, Modeling & Simulation), Kate Kapalo (Masters, Modeling & Simulation), Ravi Kattoju (Masters, Modeling & Simulation), Leonardo Oyama (Master, Modeling & Simulation), Brandon Sollins (Masters, Modeling & Simulation), and Andrew Talone (Masters, Applied Experimental & Human Factors Psychology)!


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.



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