Defence forum targets emerging research

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Leading research on emerging Virtual and Augmented Reality technology will be showcased tomorrow when the University of Newcastle hosts the Australian Defence College (ADC) Simulation Forum.

Defence forum

The University and ADC have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research into the use of virtual simulation to support individual training.

Staff from ADC training centres will attend the forum to hear presentations from defence simulation experts, and key researchers from the University. Topics include ‘building resilience through VR training’ and ‘cognitive load and situational awareness in immersive environments’.

The forum will include demonstrations of technology such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) head mounted displays, Avatar Augmented Role Play (AARP), multiple AR devices (Science Sharing), Serious Games, and physiological measurement for Resilience Training.

Key University of Newcastle presenters include:

Researcher Dr Karen Blackmore 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. 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.”

Dr Blackmore has expertise in the study of affective processing and engagement in virtual environments. With a focus on data analytics, experimental design and physiological measurements, her research considers how objective measures can be used to quantify the complex interactions occurring in the game space.

The forum will be staged at the ICT building on Callaghan campus on Wednesday 21 February.