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Thales Training & Simulation joins IST
Thales Training & Simulation, with a generous contribution to IST
simulation research education efforts, has signed on as a charter
member of the IST Affiliates Group.
Thales Training & Simulation
representatives Keith Kaser and Stephen Jackson on January 15
presented a check for $5,000 to IST Director Randall Shumaker and
UCF Vice President for Research, M.J. Soileau. The company also
has offered intern opportunities for graduate students through its
offices in the US, England, France and Australia.
With headquarters in Tulsa Oklahoma,
Thales Training & Simulation is a subsidiary of the
Thales Group, a worldwide professional electronics marketer to
aerospace, defense and information technology & services employing
63,000 people in nearly 50 countries.
The IST Affiliates Group is a select group of
corporate, academic and government entities and individuals
working to advance the art and science of simulation training
While Thales Training & Simulation
Director of Business Development Stephen A. Jackson (left) and UCF
Vice President for Research M.J. Soileau look on, Thales Vice
President Keith Kaser presents a $5,000 check to IST Director Randall
AT&T Foundation gives $25K grant for M&S graduate study
The AT&T Modeling and Simulation Award, is the
largest single donation to the program, now in its second year. IST
senior research scientist and M&S graduate program chair, Dr. Peter
Kincaid, said the funds will be used to augment financial aid from
the university with the goal of attracting the best possible
graduate study candidates from across the country.
“We’re delighted to make this donation to UCF’s
outstanding modeling and simulation graduate program,” said Lou
Addeo, president of AT&T Government Solutions.
“We hope this grant will attract the best and the
brightest in the field to Orlando to study and contribute to
high-tech job growth in the area. We have a vibrant M&S business
right here in Orlando and we’re proud to help make this area a
leader in this important and growing field.”
“Modeling and simulation has grown in recognition by
industry as a field worthy of advanced study,” said IST Director
Randall Shumaker. “This grant by AT&T is a prime example of that
recognition and will help attract highly-qualified students to the
Attending the announcement ceremony, Florida
congressman Tom Feeney (FL-24) said that the university's cutting
edge programs have helped place the Central Florida High Tech
Corridor at the forefront of technological research and development.
"AT&T's grant will further solidify the region's lead
and increase the attractiveness of the Institute for Simulation and
Training," said Feeney.
According to UCF records, 94 students are currently
enrolled in one or more of the 93 IST courses leading to a master’s
or PhD in modeling and simulation—more than 50 percent above
projections. So far, the university has awarded seven master’s
degrees in the new program. Two doctoral dissertations, both in the
field of augmented reality, are in progress.
Inaugurated in 2002, the multidisciplinary program
accepts students from engineering, computer science, psychology,
math, statistics and digital media.
AT&T Government Solutions' headquarters are in Vienna, Virginia.
Florida Congressman Tom Feeney (FL-24)
(left) joined AT&T representatives Bob MCCarty, VP, Sales Center, and
Edward Babiuch, District Manager AT&T Government Solutions Orlando
Operations, and M&S graduate program chair Peter Kincaid in a check
presentation ceremony at IST's Orlando headquarters.
Florida Congressman Tom
Feeney (left) and AT&T vice president for Florida legislative affairs,
Gary Andraza (right) after the presentation toured some of IST's
IST joins team effort to
bring democracy values teaching to school systems
How do you bring to life such abstract concepts as justice,
diversity and separation of powers in a way that
engages young students?
It's a tough assignment, but IST researchers are working toward an
opportunity to apply simulation technology to teaching these and
other core democratic values to young people.
Project developers have been working for more than three years on
the concept. Their goal is an engaging simulation experience that
will teach how adhering to core values keeps a society healthy.
The effort began in response to a legislative mandate to the
Michigan public school systems to teach core values to middle
Media Convergence Lab has joined with the
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and
GL Visions, Inc. of Michigan in seeking sponsorship for the
project, billed as one of the Media Convergence Lab's series of
Virtual Learning Landscapes. More details are available
Core democratic values said to be key to a lasting society
The rock of America’s foundation is its democratic values, 18 of
which have become the very core of our nation’s two and a quarter
centuries of existence.
The builders of that foundation, committing to paper their
frustration with decades of injustice and oppression, articulated
in their declaration of independence from Great Britain a
revolutionary vision of society.
The members of the Second Continental Congress, and the people
whom they represented, experienced first-hand the effects of
tyrannical rule and thus had every reason to be fervent toward
More than two hundred years later, Americans are far-removed from
the events that led these original congressmen to mutually pledge
[their] Fortunes, and [their] sacred Honor.” How do we instill
these core democratic values in a generation of students for whom
the pain of persecution is but a dry textbook reference?
Simulation for vicarious experience
The Core Democratic Values Virtual Learning Landscape will draw
upon the power of computer simulation to immerse students in
situations where they may personally experience the consequences
of a break down of core democratic values.
As the simulation progresses, students will be able to assume the
role of men and women faced with critical decisions that will
affect a city’s and their future. They will see first-hand how
choices that acknowledge or deny core democratic values result in
Core Values of Democracy
life • liberty • truth • justice • diversity •
patriotism • pursuit of happiness • popular
separation of powers • representative government
religious freedom • individual rights • rule of law
federalism • civilian control of the military
checks and balances • equality
Some of our other recent stories...
One of the test
platforms for IST's
autonomous robot research carries
a video camera, laser rangefinder and
GPS sensors. Check it out in our
03 IST Review.
The CyberGrasp force feedback glove
provides realistic manipulation of virtual
objects. See the story in the
IST, Army Research Institute sign
cooperative agreement for augmented reality study
IST and the Army Research Institute
for the Behavioral and Social Sciences have entered into a
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to collaborate on
augmented reality research.
A Battlefield Augmented Reality System
developed by the Naval Research Laboratories will be on loan to
IST from the Army. IST over the next few years will conduct
effectiveness studies using this system.
Augmented reality systems use optics,
computer generated data and other devices either portable or worn
on the body to enhance the information the user has about a
In a battlefield environment augmented
reality could provide enemy strength, position and
characteristics, terrain data or any other information useful to
honored with prestigious UCF ‘Order of Pegasus’
Haydee M. Cuevas, a graduate student in psychology, has been named to the
Order of Pegasus, a selective program at UCF designed to recognize
outstanding performance by students in academic achievement, professional
service, leadership and publication or research experience. The breadth of
accomplishment required to attain this honor elevates the Order of Pegasus
to the most prestigious and significant student award at UCF.
Among her many activities, Cuevas currently works at IST with UCF/IST
professors Jan Cannon-Bowers and Stephen Fiore on an NSF-sponsored project
in synthetic learning environments and with Cannon-Bowers on the Virtual
Field Trip project for the Orange County (Florida) school system. She has
worked with IST program director and UCF psychology professor Eduardo
Salas, Team Performance lab director and professor, Clint Bowers and Fiore
on Air Force research and with Fiore on Navy-funded research.
Through these efforts Cuevas has published numerous peer-reviewed journal
articles, book chapters and conference presentations and, to a large
degree, is already recognized nationally, if not internationally, for her
unusual level of achievement in research and in service.
Haydee M. Cuevas
Cuevas (center) confers with members of the Virtual Field Trip
project, student researchers Linda Upham-Ellis (left), Andrew
Schrock and Courtney Schwartz, in the IST synthetic learning
environments lab. The goal of the project is to improve reading
comprehension using interactive “field trips” that acquaint
beginning readers with concepts, characters and environments they
have never experienced.
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