Defence forum showcases emerging technology research

Image via the University of Newcastle Australia.

The University of Newcastle hosted the Australian Defence College (ADC) Simulation Forum to showcase leading research on emerging virtual and augmented reality technology.

The university and ADC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research into the use of virtual simulation to support individual training.

Staff from ADC training centres attended the forum to hear presentations from defence simulation experts, along with researchers from the university.

Presenters from the university looked at important factors in human-avatar interaction, objective measures of user experience, building resilience through VR training, cognitive load and situational awareness in immersive environments, and VR and immersive simulation for higher education and simulation training.

Researcher Dr Karen Blackmore, who has expertise in the study of effective processing and engagement in virtual environments, said simulation training was a growth area, providing exciting opportunities for research collaboration.

"The ADC are doing cutting-edge simulation and training using both virtual and augmented reality, and we are really excited to be a part of these initiatives," Dr Blackmore said.

"It’s also a fantastic career pathway for our undergraduate students; it brings together computer science and game technology, with education and psychology to deliver future training across a huge range of application areas."

 

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