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Charles River Analytics Presents Modeling and Simulation R&D at BRIMS 2011

Researchers from Charles River Analytics Inc, a developer of cutting-edge technologies for intelligent systems, presented at the 20th Behavior Representations in Model & Simulation (BRIMS) Conference 2011, which took place from March 21-24, 2011, in Sundance, Utah. BRIMS enables practitioners across a variety of disciplines to share ideas in modeling and simulation, including the latest research, technologies, applications, and capability gaps.

Mr. Brad Rosenberg, Senior Scientist, presented “Easing Behavior Authoring of Intelligent Entities for Training,” which was co-authored by Charles River’s Mr. Michael Furtak, Mr. Sean Guarino, Ms. Karen Harper, Mr. Max Metzger, Dr. Scott Neal Reilly, Dr. James Niehaus, and Dr. Peter Weyhrauch. This presentation was based on a number of applications developed by Charles River Analytics for the Department of Defense, building upon Charles River’s AgentWorks commercial product.

Mr. Rosenberg explained, “Simulation-based training is rapidly being adopted by the US military. It’s simply cheaper and more available than live training using role players or having humans control an enormous number of simulated entities. But, empowering these simulations with human behavior is still quite limited. Current tools are complex, brittle, and difficult to extend. Applying AgentWorks, we’ve been able to alleviate these issues by providing a graphical authoring environment to enable training staff to rapidly develop and execute interactive behaviors for intelligent entities within simulated environments.”

Dr. Scott Neal Reilly, Vice President, Decision Management Systems, continued, “Using this approach, we’ve been able to develop tools for cultural training for the US Army and Marine Corps. We were even able to demonstrate this capability as part of the USJFCOM Future Immersive Training Environment Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (FITE JCTD) as a technology excursion.”

Mr. Rosenberg added, “This approach is quite versatile. In addition to cultural training, we’ve also used AgentWorks to support aviation training for the US Army. Under our Development and Run-time Environment for Aviation Models (DREAM) effort, AgentWorks acted as the glue between high-level commands from air traffic controllers and diverse, simulated aircraft that had varying support for the instructions they could understand. This is just the beginning, however; we’re really excited to see what impact AgentWorks can have on the training community. Enabling training staff to build their own training content, reducing their reliance on software engineers, can result in getting training experiences to our warfighters more quickly.”

Portions of the work described herein were sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Institute under Contract #W91WAW-08-C-0051, by Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training, & Support in support of USJFCOM FITE JCTD, and by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) under Contract #W911W6-10-C-0013. The authors would like to thank the APEX I Lab at RDECOM/AMRDEC SSDD for their support. The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this press release are those of the authors and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision.

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