Institute for Simulation & Training (IST)

Founded in 1982, IST is an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary research institute within SMST that conducts basic and applied research in the art and science of modeling, simulation, and training. IST partners with public and private stakeholders to apply and develop simulations for diverse applications and actively supports the university`s modeling and simulation education initiative through SMST’s graduate program.

IST is one of the nation’s leading research centers for modeling, simulation, training, virtual and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. Joint faculty appointments across UCF extend the institute’s range of capabilities to a wide spectrum of university disciplines.

The institute’s facilities are configured as laboratories and research workspaces, equipped with computers, simulators, and related equipment interconnected by high speed networks, providing an optimum environment for students, faculty, research staff, and outside organizations wishing to conduct research.

The institute is located in the Central Florida Research Park next to the UCF campus. This location is in the heart of the “Florida High Tech Corridor” between Daytona Beach and Tampa where over 170 companies specialize in simulationand training-related research.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.