Job: Two postdocs at Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations (MOVES) Institute

Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations (MOVES) Institute, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California has two National Research Council (NRC) sponsored postdoctoral positions.

(1)  3D Display and Capture of Humans for Live-Virtual Training

Description: We are conducting research, development, and evaluation of work in both 3D display and sensing, initially aimed at Mixed/Augmented Reality-based live-virtual training, but with potential for broader impact. The first component of the work focuses on creating physically present virtual humans in 3D, without the need for HMDs or special time/phase/wavelength glasses. The second component of the work centers on a new idea for hybrid global/body-relative and cooperative estimation of full kinematic body and weapon posture, supporting multiple individuals working in close proximity during training exercises, for both kinetic and non-kinetic scenarios. This muti-institution research effort incorporates two distinct research activities that will be organized at the NPS MOVES Institute. One activity is aimed at obtaining a thorough understanding of a relevant training domain, its actors, and their specific needs (both current and projected); the domains include tactical cultural awareness training, urban warfighting (indoor and outdoor), fire drills on ships, and submarines. The second activity includes a series of user investigations on the basic elements of users acting in related environment in the context of the 3D display and sensing efforts. The latter includes a series of technology related user studies and conducting usability investigations, studies of sense of presence, and subjective acceptance of several different modalities of virtual 3D humans.

(2)  Design and testing of novel training methodologies and pedagogies in support of learning and training with simulations and game-based systems.

Description: The major thrust of our activities focuses on a domain analysis for training of ground troops in an outdoor urban environment and on user studies with virtual training simulations. The user studies planned in this project include two different activities: (1) design and testing of novel training methodologies and pedagogies in support of learning and training with simulations and game-based systems, and (2) validation of our solutions in the domain of artificial intelligence (simulated human performance). Both types of studies focus on training of ground troops for the urban warfare operations.

NRC has 4 annual application deadlines, and current nearest deadline is 1 May 2011.

More information is available on the web at: http://www.movesinstitute.org/~amela/workOportunities.html

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