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ADL prototype demonstrated
Emergency managers stage airport
IT Center's catalog gets smarter
Voice recognition enhances realism
Franceschini to lead Distributed
Jacobs is IST Researcher of the Year
Secretary of the Army visits IST
prototype for ADL-style simulation primer
popular workshop for simulation managers, Modeling & Simulation
Basics, soon will be available via the Internet on your personal
computer, a product of improvements in Advanced Distributed Learning
ADL is a Department
of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy initiative to
access to high-quality education and training materials that can be
tailored to individual learner needs and made available whenever and
wherever they are required…By making learning software accessible,
interoperable, durable, reusable, adaptable and affordable,
the ADL initiative will ensure that academic, business, and
government users of learning
software gain the best possible value from the materials they
developers have demonstrated a Web-based learning module that will
lead to a prototype for the ADL version of M&S Basics. When
fully developed the module will provide dynamic computer-based
training with added on-line student-to-student-to teacher
ADL environments is emphasizing the interactivity such a program can
provide. Using truly dynamic ADL courses, students can organize
their learning depending on their background and experience. Dynamic
counseling will enable the program to custom-tailor the course to
fit the student’s needs and will track what has been learned and
interactivity can be provided when a course is offered concurrently
to other learners. Students have the ability, using messaging or
chat room formats to “work together” on assignments or can post
questions and gain information from on-line forums. Courses can be
either instructor-led or instructor-less with moderated forums.
research psychologist Dr. John Jacobs, ADL M&S Basics is
building on groundwork laid during the Institute’s recently
completed ADL project for the Florida Department of Education.
Florida DoE’s questions provided considerable data on both
hardware and software requirements,” says Jacobs. The course
designed for the Florida DoE is intended to help teachers meet
English as a Second Language instructional requirements without
having to travel to remote class locations.
investigated computer processing and communication capabilities
across the DoE’s intended audience to arrive at standards for a
widely available ADL program.
Institute’s ADL research is aiming toward deliverables that will
comply with the Sharable Courseware Object Reference Model (SCORM)
standard, once it becomes available in mid to late 2000.
to know more?
Management: Film at Eleven
Digital video crews
of university film studies students coordinated by IST were on the
scene as a simulated aircraft disaster played out at a Central
Florida airport recently.
from 12 agencies participated in Emergency 2000, an all-day a
multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, community mass casualty and
family assistance simulation drill. The camera crews got it all on
Airport, northwest of Orlando hosted the exercise. Four area
hospitals participated, accepting five “victims” from the crash
airlifted from the staging ground by rescue helicopter teams. Even
the American Red Cross was on hand to counsel victims’ families.
designed the simulation to challenge the entire emergency response
network. A report to the Seminole County emergency action center
informed dispatchers that a commercial aircraft experienced a cabin
fire on approach to the airport. The pilot was just able to land the
plane but in the process crashed into a helicopter and a small
personnel first on the scene found a ramp area strewn with debris, a
trio of smoking aircraft and more than 100 injured, dazed or
frightened passengers (realistically portrayed by students from
Seminole Community College) scattered about the pavement. The
situation required emergency crews to deliver first aid, extinguish
fires, neutralize dangers of hazardous materials and direct medical
evacuation and follow-up for victims and families.
camera crews (four from UCF Film and two shooting for Spencer Carey,
an independent producer gathering footage for a weekly adventure
show) produced about 16 hours of video footage on 6mm digital tape.
Along with the camera crews, the UCF Film department supplied two
directors who worked with the IST producer, information/publications
coordinator Tim Barto, to coordinate the shoot. The UCF crews also
included a student documenter who logged time and descriptive
information for archiving purposes.
UCF and Seminole County Department of Public Safety plan to use
material on the tapes to produce a variety of training and
informational products. The most innovative of these is a
computer-based, interactive simulation.
user can activate synchronized video and radio data related to
specific stages of the exercise through a graphic interface to be
developed as part of the project. By clicking on the actual video
image of a cameraperson (taken from an overhead crane shot), the
user will see the footage shot by that camera and hear the related
30-minute documentary for possible distribution to local and
national media is also planned.
more about IST's emergency management projects contact Dr.
a related story:
Advanced Emergency Management Training Facility
Check out UCF's film
UCF camera crews position a digital camera
aboard a "cherry picker" for a bird's eye view
of Emergency 2000.
Below: Video production
Tim Barto (left) consults with Dr. Peter Kincaid, who
oversees IST's involvement with emergency
management simulation and training programs.
more about IST's
projects contact Dr. Peter
a related story:
Advanced Emergency Management
Check out UCF's film
Catalog Software Gets Smarter
Technology Service Center at IST is taking its catalog software
development to higher levels of “knowledge management.”
The Air Force, Navy
and Army already use IST’s software for cataloging their modeling
and simulation resources. A member of any subscribing military
service component can search across the three military services for
information and take advantage of a number of automated tools that
make searching, developing reports, contributing updates and keeping
up-to-date a lot easier.
The next step in
the evolution is a database application that “learns” as you
interact with it. Based on a user-provided profile, past search and
retrieval patterns and other factors, the program software helps
guide the user to a logically appropriate set of information
project started simply to provide the Air Force with a distributed
cataloging method for M&S,” says program manager Robert Reed.
“It has grown to support M&S cataloging for all three
services, the Navy’s training technology and, soon, the National
Institute of Justice’s Law Enforcement Instructional Technology
The beauty of this
system, according to Reed, is that it can be applied to most any
situation where people need to organize and keep track of
information and resources. The system, says Reed, is just as
suitable for a local middle school, which plans to apply the
software to keep track of lesson plans and volunteer resources.
“Anyone with a
lot of things they need to share with others can benefit from this
technology,” says Reed.
system has proved to be a big time saver for the three Services.
Subscribers at numerous command levels can be authorized to update
or add catalog entries. An electronically linked panel of experts
provides quality control. Although
each of the military services has its own separate database and
complete authority over what shows up on the system, to the user the
resources function as though they are centrally located.
Users can generate
locally defined reports that can be as generic or detailed as
needed. Output also can be geared to managers’ reporting
who is administrator of the data, says users will be able to create
personalized “search agents” to continuously monitor databases,
relevant discussion forums and e-mail. Agents automatically will
report new information about user-specified subject matter. It’s
like having a 24-hour hotline to a research library.
is the first step towards knowledge management, a very hot topic in
information technology. The
cataloged resources are the “facts.”The catalog’s next generation will add the advanced
processes that act upon those facts and produce analyses,
communication and a sense of “memory” so the Army, Navy and Air
Force can continue building upon what has been learned instead of
starting over each time personnel move to new jobs.
IST's Information Technology
provides a comprehensive array of information
management services. ITSC offers information
technology consulting, application development
and information systems consulting services.
out the IT Center's Web site for more
information and demos of many of their services.
Recognition Enhances ModSAF Realism
Simulation group at IST recently demonstrated “rehabilitated”
CommandTalk software, a voice recognition program that will add new
realism to the Army ModSAF (Modular Semi-Automated Forces)
simulation. ModSAF is an open modular architecture that supports
creation and control of forces on a simulated battlefield.
originally developed CommandTalk for the Marine Corps LeatherNet
project. It was used in
1997 to add more realism to the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) Synthetic Theater of War Exercise. A common goal
shared by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp is to replace
point-and-click and keystroke methods of commanding computer
generated forces with actual voice and gesture commands.
IST is conducting
its research for U.S. Army’s STRICOM (Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation Command). Whereas CommandTalk originally was a
collection of agents (including ModSAF) connected by a facilitator,
one of the research objectives is to develop voice recognition as a
stand-alone application connected to simulations through the High
Level Architecture. This
architecture allows voice recognition for multiple players in a
objective is to support soldiers in an immersive environment.
This support will allow soldiers to give commands to and hear
responses from computer-generated teammates.
combined with gesture recognition currently under study at Veridian,
Inc., a voice recognition system with standardized protocols could
be used in a variety of military, Internet and entertainment
Franceschini a Senior Research Computer Scientist at IST recently
was chosen to lead the Institute’s Distributed Simulation group.
The selection comes not long after his appointment as Visiting
Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the
University of Central Florida.
Franceschini has been with IST since 1994. In 1997 IST named him
Researcher of the Year for his leading edge advances in Computer
Generated Forces research. Also that year the Link Foundation
awarded him a fellowship for graduate studies in the simulation
as “IST Researcher of the Year”
John W. Jacobs, III has
garnered IST’s “Researcher of the Year” award for his work in
distributed interactive learning technology (see story on
above). Jacobs investigates methodologies for evaluating simulation
training and automated performance.
part of the IST research staff since 1993, Dr.
Jacobs has over 13 years experience in research and instructional
systems development. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from
Florida State University.
Dr. Robert Franceschini
Dr. John Jacobs, III
Pays IST a Visit
Secretary of the
Army Louis Caldera recently paid a visit to the Institute for
Simulation & Training for a brief overview of several of the
Institute’s Army-sponsored projects.
included the briefing as part of the Secretary’s tour of its
Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM) offices
in Central Florida Research Park.
Synthetic Environment and Technology Management Division is housed
in the Institute’s headquarters building.
Director Brian Goldiez and several other IST senior faculty were on
hand to answer the Secretary’s questions about the direction of
simulation research and Army training.
Secretary of the Army Louis
with IST Deputy Director Brian Goldiez
for Simulation & Training, 3280 Progress Dr., Orlando, FL
/ Suncom: 363-1300