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UCF Receives $8.8M for Digital Twin Initiative as Part of Federal Build Back Better Regional Challenge

The funding is part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $50.8 million award to Osceola County, which is working with preferred partners such as UCF to position Central Florida to help lead the nation in semiconductor research, design and manufacturing.

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Sep. 02, 2022

UCF Signs Educational Partnership Agreement with U.S. Space Force

UCF, the nation’s Space University, has now entered an agreement with the U.S. Space Force to help develop technology and an agile workforce ready for space. The two organizations recently signed an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) after several Space Force officials visited UCF in March. Three members — also known as Guardians — of the Space Force spent a day at UCF learning about some of our space-relevant research and hands-on courses and met with some of UCF’s ROTC cadets.

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Jun. 17, 2022

UCF Professor Greg Welch Named to the National Academy of Inventors

Welch is the AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation in UCF’s College of Nursing. The computer scientist and engineer is also the co-director of the UCF Synthetic Reality Laboratory. He is one of 164 national faculty members, only 10 from Florida, who will be honored at the NAI’s national conference on Wednesday, June 15th in Phoenix, AZ. The NAI Fellows Program recognizes academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors, according to the NAI.

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Jun. 14, 2022

UCF Students Oust Top Teams at 2022 North America Collegiate Programming Contest, Advance to World Finals

UCF computer programming students were among the winners of the prestigious North America Championship round of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) at the University of Central Florida over Memorial Day weekend, beating dozens of the top teams on the continent to take seventh place and advance to the World Finals. This is the 11th consecutive year a UCF team has qualified for the World Finals.

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Jun. 01, 2022

New UCF Project Examines How Teams Will Work Together During Space Missions

The isolation and long travel times of space missions can cause breakdowns in thinking and reasoning with even the best of teams, compromising mission objectives and the safety of crew members. That’s why researchers at the University of Central Florida are spearheading a new, recently funded project to improve the cognition of team members for future space missions. The project will examine how decreases in cognition — memory, reasoning and problem solving — at the individual level could cascade to the team level and impact team performance, particularly in complex environments relevant to space missions.

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May. 07, 2022

UCF Graduate Student Heads to Notre Dame for Tenure-track Position After Commencement

Even before Karla Badillo-Urquiola ’14 ’15MS collects her third degree from UCF on May 7, the modeling and simulation doctoral student already has a job lined up. She’ll begin her career as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in the fall — a status shared by less than 1% of Latinas in the computing workforce. As part of the job, she will also serve as a fellow of Notre Dame’s Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, where she will continue her current research and collaborate with the community to build better futures for youth.

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May. 06, 2022

SMST Director Dr. Grace Bochenek Selected to Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) Director, Dr. Grace Bochenek, was recently elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL) for her contributions in modeling and simulation.

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Apr. 20, 2022

UCF Celebrates New STARBASE Laboratory, Graduates at Ribbon Cutting

The University of Central Florida School of Modeling and Simulation celebrated STARBASE Central Florida by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12. The event coincided with the first graduation ceremony for 61 students who completed the program.

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Apr. 13, 2022

U.S. Cyber Command Selects UCF For Academic Engagement Network

New partnership aims to help alleviate national shortage of cybersecurity experts.

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Apr. 06, 2022

Study Finds Parents’ Social Media Use Is Associated With Parenting Style

Parents who post more photos of their children online tend to have a more permissive style and allow their kids to use social media at younger ages.

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Mar. 24, 2022

$1 Million Grant to help Strengthen UCF’s Modeling and Simulation Program

A national grant helps position UCF as a leader in educating and training the workforce of tomorrow through the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training.

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Jan. 27, 2022

Research Associate Professor Glenn Martin Awarded Jump Start Fund

Research associate professor and lab director of Interactive Realities Laboratory Glenn Martin was awarded for his project to enhance the Stokes High-Performance Computing Cluster, upgrading access to computational science research on campus and supporting cross-campus general-purpose research computing.

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Oct. 21, 2021

UCF Names New Director for School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Grace Marie Bochenek, a leader in defense, energy research and technology development, will begin work in June.


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Apr. 09, 2021

UCF Professor Wins Another National Award for his Work in Human Factors

UCF psychology Professor Peter Hancock has been named the Aerospace Human Factors Association’s William Collins Award recipient for 2020.

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Oct. 12, 2020

Simulation and Training Pioneer Donates Historical Photos to UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Henry “Hank” Okraski helped create some of the school’s early simulation and training curriculum. Throughout his 50-year career he collected photos of all kinds of simulators from those conceived to those eventually built. The collection has more than 200 images and Okraski just donated a copy to SMST.

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Oct. 07, 2020

Learning is a Challenge, Even for Scientists

UCF Professor Stephen Fiore has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study how faculty from many disciplines work together in an effort to better prepare future researchers for the teamwork needed to solve some of the world’s most complicated challenges.

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Sep. 17, 2020

UCF, Army Spearhead Real-Time Rapid Research through New Cyberwerx Collaboration

The goal is to focus on cyber operations planning, cyber data analytics, modeling and simulation, and emerging technology evaluations among other areas and to rapidly prototype with academia and industry partners.

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Aug. 27, 2020

Interim Director of UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training to Return to Private Sector Later this Month

Wes Naylor, the interim director of UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST), is leaving Aug. 17 to return to his private sector job. A national search for a permanent leader will kick off this month after COVID-19 delayed the process.

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Aug. 12, 2020

Pegasus Professor Inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame

UCF Pegasus Professor Charlie Hughes has been selected for the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame. Hughes is well known in this field for his inventions and for preparing students to be critical thinkers ready to take on the realities of the ever-changing industry. That’s one reason he was recently named interim director of the Modeling and Simulation degree program within the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST).

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Jul. 24, 2020

Army Cybersecurity LeaderVisits Students at UCF

Students pursuing UCF’s Modeling and Simulation of Behavioral Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate had a special guest last week, which demonstrates the kind of exposure they get to real-world scenarios. Amit Kapadia, product manager for cyber resiliency and the training chief engineer at the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, spoke to students taking the Emerging Cyber Issues class.

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Jul. 07, 2020

New Interim Director of Modeling and Simulation Degree Program Named at UCF

The College of Graduate Studies is happy to announce that Computer Science Professor Charles Hughes has been named the new interim director of the Modeling and Simulation degree program and will be leading the program beginning in the fall.

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Jun. 26, 2020

UCF, Orlando Health, and Stratasys Partner to Provide 3D-Printed Medical Shields, Masks for Healthcare Providers

The University of Central Florida, Orlando Health and 3D printing company Stratasys are leading an effort to rapidly 3D-print critical personal protective equipment to ensure supplies are available for local healthcare professionals in their fight against COVID-19.

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Apr. 09, 2020

The Safety of Our Faculty, Students and Staff

The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing. The safety of our faculty, students and staff is our number one priority. That’s why beginning Tuesday, March 17, the School of Modeling Simulation and Training will be moving to remote operations. Entry to Partnership Buildings 1-3 will be limited to authorized personnel only until further notice.

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Mar. 16, 2020

IST Hosts Modeling & Simulation Student Day

Team Orlando, a collaborative alliance of military organizations working in modeling, simulation and training organized the event. The day was created to encourage high school students to pursue careers in these fields. Orlando is considered one of the nation’s strongest modeling, simulation and training hubs in the nation. Several groups, including Lockheed-Martin, the National Center for Simulation and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems, which make their home in Central Florida sponsor the event. For a second year, IST open its doors to the student exhibits and provided the public the opportunity to visit and vote for their favorite project.

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Mar. 05, 2020

UCF Researchers Are Digitally Preserving Florida’s Architecture Before It’s Gone

The data generated can be used to not only virtually recreate a structure but also to rebuild it if it’s ever destroyed. With an ever-changing landscape, Florida’s rich architectural history can quickly vanish in a blink of an eye, but a University of Central Florida research team is working to digitally preserve it one historic place at a time.

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Mar. 05, 2020