MORS Wargaming Community of Practice: Teleconference 19 July 2017

0830-1000 Pacific time “Wargames that Make a Difference” – How has wargaming made a real difference to DoD analysis? Are there any historical or current examples where wargaming has influenced changes or innovation in plans, doctrine, or procurement decisions? This lecture and panel discussion will feature a historical and theoretical discussion of technical innovation using wargames conducted during the 1920’s. …

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VW Introduces VR tool for engineering and logistics collaboration

Hard to tell what is going on behind the scenes – but this more like Second Life and less like FACT or ESP than I think would be a big win for VR adoption.  The tool is described as supporting engineering/logistics collaboration.  As Mike McCauley frequently reminded me focusing on definitions is very helpful.  In this case, the collaboration I …

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NPS Grad speaking at Simulation Innovation Workshop, Sept 2017

The speakers for the plenary session on the afternoon of Monday, September 11, have been confirmed, and the tutorials during the rest of the day have been set. Dr. Michael Macedonia, Assistant Vice President for Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida (NOTE: NPS graduate, dissertation titled “A Network Software Architecture for Large-Scale Virtual Environments”, http://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/31461/95Jun_Macedonia.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y) will speak …

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VR as a medium for creating empathy

Interesting points and helpful links related to what is so compelling about virtual reality. Virtual reality exhibit goes inside Mexican border crossing “If you’re watching a regular video on your TV or your laptop, you can walk away, but when you’re engaged in a headset, you’re in it in a completely different way,” she said. Some great links from the …

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Apple buys eye tracking company

The article discusses foveated rendering – useful for saving computation cycles and battery life of mobile devices. Joe

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Job-Skills Gap Update

At this year’s MOVES Summit, I mentioned the growing job-skills gap and potential impact on DoD and VA. The most recent statistics indicate that healthcare is disproportionately affected. Of the record 6 million job openings, 1 million are in healthcare. Thus, there will likely be continued demand for modeling and simulation programs that improve training, education and quality of healthcare …

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VA using DoD simulation for PTSD treatment

Interesting development… Victoria Brahm: Tomah VA embraces improvement for vets | Columnists | lacrossetribune.com Please help me spread the word about post-traumatic stress disease and effective treatments. We recently created a first-of-its-kind partnership with Fort McCoy making its training simulator facilities (engagement skills trainer, reconfigurable vehicle tactical trainer, dismounted soldier training system and medical simulation training system) available for our …

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HRTF and 3D audio environments.

Researchers use head related transfer functions to personalize audio in mixed and virtual reality Spatialized sound was investigated in a few theses and at least one dissertation within MOVES.  Russ Storm’s dissertation looked at the combined effect of improved visual and auditory rendering in 1998.  The study mentions using current scanning methods to create a data base of 350 users’ head-related …

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Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents

*S&T News Release: Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Now Available to First Responders [ https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/06/26/news-release-virtual-training-active-shooter-incidents-now ]* *WASHINGTON* First responders of all disciplines will now be able to train together for active shooter and other critical incidents thanks to a new virtual training platform made available by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the …

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Mobile simulation for rural providers

More from the University of Nebraska. They now have 4 trucks that provide a mobile simulation facility for rural healthcare providers. I hope this augments in-situ simulation capabilities. Emergency room sections of each truck allow doctors and nurses to train with the same equipment found in a hospital emergency room. Training mannequins have pulses, blood pressures and even secretions such …

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