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Archived News Updates from the MOVES Homepage

CDR Sullivan earns Meritorious Service Medal from President Obama for his leadership at the MOVES Institute

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as the Director of Modeling and Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California from January 2008 to December 2010. CDR Sullivan was vital to the mission performance of NPS and MOVES Institute productivity of faculty and staff. His positive impact extended well beyond NPS to our partner agencies, organizations, and nations. Assigned to serve as Director at short notice during a crucial period for NPS, he not only sustained important ongoing academic functions, he aggressively pursued initiatives to support specific Navy and national interests.

Click Here to Read the full version of the Official Letter of Commendation

The Delta3D Game Engine is Reaching Maturity

The Delta3D Game Engine is Reaching Maturity

The Delta3D game engine, while not funded directly, maintains a steady energy, expanding its capabilities and uses and providing both government and indus try with both basic functionality and the capability to expand. It has grown from what was little more than an API tying several different libraries together to a highly mature engine. How it has done this is an example of how using open source software can provide significant capabilities with minimum funding for infrastructure.

For the full article, click here.

Botti and Sullivan

Special Visit from EADS Chief Technical Officer

The Chief Technical Officer of EADS, Dr. Jean Botti, recently visited the MOVES Institute for discussions on collaboration and growth initiatives. He was joined by three other EADS colleagues and an associate from Electricore, Inc. The emphasis during the productive meetings centered on efforts in security and defense related education and research.

We are particularly grateful to VP of EADS Innovation Works, Simon Bradley, and his Technical Capability Centre 5 (TCC 5) Team. Simon’s visionary leadership and unique ability to bridge the capability gap between academia and industry are clearly world-class.


MOVES signs CRADA with EADS!

With great enthusiasm, the MOVES Institute has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS). EADS is a global leader in aerospace and defense. After months of meetings and collaborative discussions, the signing of the CRADA marks a significant move toward establishing a long-term relationship between two complementary research and development organizations.

Special thanks go to Professor Tony Ciavarelli for his efforts coordinating with EADS Innovation Works. There is a notable overlap in technical interest between EADS and MOVES. EADS has an excellent structure for coordinating an enterprise research agenda with strong technology transfer capabilities. MOVES offers an open environment in which independent researchers are able to address problems that cross multiple user domains.

Congratulations and much appreciation goes to all those who have contributed toward this project. The MOVES Institute is eager to begin work with such an outstanding and distinguished sponsor.


U.S. Army Co-Sponsors MOVES Degree Program

The U.S. Army responded positively to VADM Oliver's invitation to the Army and Marine Corps to formalize their sponsorship of MOVES. LT General Robert Lennox signed a Memorandum of Co-Sponsorship stating, “The Naval Postgraduate School and the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Institute are held in high esteem because of their unwavering focus on our most critical mission, supporting the Warfighter.”

This is an important step toward stabilizing student input, graduate advocacy and connecting with stakeholder requirements. Many thanks to MOVES graduate and current FA-57 Proponent LtCol Glen Hodges and long-term MOVES ally Mr. Fred Hartman for their help. Of course without the hard work of staff, students and faculty - and particular Mathias Kolsch and Duane Davis' efforts to complete the recent ESR revisions/review - this would not have happened.


University Expertise Showcased During CENIC Conference

A demonstration of "Project 8K" – the world's first dual synchronized 4K streaming video – was a highlight of the fourth annual CineGrid International Workshop held at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and experts at NPS helped make it happen.

Using two of the only three JVC prototype 4K cameras in the world, two 3840 x 2160 pixel images were streamed live during a 45-minute remote observation from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) via NPS to Calit2 at the University of California San Diego, and from there to NTT Network Innovations Laboratory in Yokosuka, Japan.

For the full article, click here.


MOVES Professor is a “Best Seller”!

MOVES Professor Mike McCauley recently received a letter of appreciation (click here to view the letter) from the NPS Dudley Knox Library commending him for his research project overview presentation.

The letter also praises Dr. McCauley’s technical report entitled ‘Human Systems Integration and Automation Issues in Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ for having been the single most downloaded publication in the library’s digital repository in 2009!


Delta3D Wins Serious Games Challenge at I/ITSEC

Long time Delta3D contributors Alion Science and Technology’s Advanced Modeling and Simulation Technology Operation had a great victory at I/ITSEC in Orlando this last week. Their interactive Damage Control Trainer (DCT), which helps Navy recruits prepare for their transition to the fleet, was chosen as the ‘Best Business Entry’ by a vote of all attendees in the I/ITSEC 2009 Serious Games Challenge.

The Challenge identifies game-based technologies and solutions that improve training across all segments for individuals, groups and systems. Raytheon BBN led the VESSEL development team under ONR sponsorship, with contributions from Alion; IDSI; UCF; IDEAS; and UCLA CREST.

This is a strong demonstration that open source software, particularly Delta3D, can compete with proprietary software at the highest levels. Thanks to all the sponsors who have kept the faith over these past few years! Contributor: Perry McDowell

Bob Wisher

Dr. Wisher appointed as an Associate Professor with the Romanian National Defense University.

MOVES Research Professor Dr. Bob Wisher was recently appointed as an Associate Professor with the Romanian National Defense University (UNAP). A letter from the Romanian Ministry of National Defence explains that “this decision is a sign of recognition of (Dr. Wisher’s) important contribution to the development of the ADL system worldwide and our way to thank him for his help in the development of ADL capabilities in our university.