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Don Brutzman and his team invite you to preregister for a new game based on social networking techniques to find and collectively grow breakthrough ideas to some of our most “wicked problems".

The Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI) is a new game based on social-networking techniques that is designed to encourage innovative collaboration on a hard problem. Players from across the Navy and the civilian world will be asked to explore new options for dealing with maritime piracy challenges. MMOWGLI is an online game designed to find and collectively grow breakthrough ideas to some of our most “wicked problems.” Many 21st-century threats challenge us to try new forms of collaboration that can help create truly innovative ideas. In Spring 2011, MMOWGLI will launch by exploring a fast-paced interactive scenario of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Unexpected new forces are flooding the region, while cutting-edge tools are pushing fleet capabilities and pirate tactics. Meanwhile, political-economic disruptions mean that land-based strategies are just as critical as responses at sea.
Your ideas are needed. You’ll join other innovators and creative thinkers from within and beyond the military. The MMOWGLI team would like to invite you to preregister to play the game: mmowgli.nps.edu

Vision-Based Hand-Gesture Research featured on the cover of ACM Online Journal

Mathias Kölsch and his colleagues were recently featured on the cover of the Communications of the ACM online journal. The article discusses describes the requirements of hand-gesture interfaces and the challenges in meeting the needs of various application types. To see the full version of the article click here: Vision-Based Hand-Gesture Applications | February 2011 | Communications of the ACM

National Research Council Fellow Dr. Ji Hyun Yang wins prestigious award for the best paper published annually in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

Our NRC fellow, Dr. Ji Hyun Yang, won the “Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award” to recognize the authors of the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. The best paper award was given to Dr. Yang and co-authors based on originality, technical merit, potential impact to the SMCS field of interest, and presentation quality. The work presented in the paper mainly came from her PhD project funded by Ford-MIT alliance when she was at MIT. Dr. Yang’s paper, titled, “Detection of Driver Fatigue Caused by Sleep Deprivation”, investigated the characteristics of driver-vehicle interaction through human-in-the-loop experiments and provided both qualitative and quantitative guidelines for designing drowsy-driver detection systems based on the paradigm of Bayesian networks.

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Guest Lecturers Paul Jesukiewicz (ADL) and LCDR Rob Betts visit the MOVES classroom

Paul Jesukiewicz and LCDR Rob Betts (USN) visited NPS to discuss different emerging roles for simulation in training. Mr. Jesukiewicz is the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL). He joined the classroom lectures to discuss the evolving role of advancing interactive simulation technologies in support of DOD training. LCDR Betts, a returning MOVES graduate, revisited his thesis topic with the next generation of MOVES and HSI students. He spoke about simulator training for strike pilots to supplement their skill-sets while afloat.

MOVES Student LT John Weaver with WASC Accreditation Team Chair, Dr. Mary Lyons, at NPS.

Lt. John Weaver, left, a student in the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations Institute, surprises Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation team Chair, Dr. Mary Lyons, during a poster session for the visitors, Oct. 26 on the NPS Quarterdeck. Weaver knew Dr. Lyons from his undergraduate alma mater, the University of San Diego, and was pleasantly stunned to see her again.

Congratulations to Chris Darken, Daniel McCue and Michael Guerrero on their “Outstanding Paper Award” at AIIDE - AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference 2010

Congratulations to Chris Darken, Daniel McCue and Michael Guerrero on their “Best Paper Award” at AIIDE - AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference 2010

The AAAI National Conference on Artificial Intelligence honors papers that exemplify the highest standards in technical contribution and exposition. The collaboratively-authored paper titled: "Realistic Fireteam Movement in Urban Environments" detailed their work on models employed in Urban Warfare Planning Tool application, all part of the BASE-IT project funded by the Office of Naval Research. Click here to see the paper

U.S. Marine Corps Modeling and Simulation Management Office (MCMSO) Co-Sponsors MOVES Degree Program

U.S. Marine Corps Modeling and Simulation Management
Office (MCMSO) Co-Sponsors MOVES Degree Program

Brigadier General Melvin Spiese, Commanding General of the Marine Corp Training and Education Command, has accepted VADM Oliver's invitation to formalize their sponsorship of MOVES. Brigadier General Spiese signed a Memorandum of Co-Sponsorship stating, “The Naval Postgraduate School and the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Institute has been instrumental in providing Marine Corps Modeling and Simulation (M&S) officers the ability to support our warfighters. Marines who graduate from the MOVES Institute obtain the necessary skills and education needed to deliver M&S solutions to help resolve a variety of complex problems.”

Many thanks to Brett Telford, of the Marine Corps Modeling and Simulation Office, Dr. George Akst, and MOVES alumnus LtCol Walt Yates (USMC) for their efforts in bringing this Co-Sponsorship to culmination. Additional gratitude and thanks go to John Moore, Director of the Navy Modeling and Simulation Office, for his leadership and support in this initiative.

Click here to view the signed memorandum.



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