Rapid Development of a Mixed-Media, Deployable Counter-IED Trainer (bibtex)
by Hays, Matthew, Silva, Teri M. and Richmond, Todd
Abstract:
In February 2009, the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California was contracted to develop a training system for Soldiers and Marines. The goal of the training system was to reduce the number of casualties caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Over the next five months, a team at the ICT drew on subject-matter experts' input, findings from cognitive psychology, and cinema-style script-writing to achieve this goal. The result is the Mobile Counter-IED Interactive Trainer (MCIT), a narrative-focused, mixed- media training simulator that can be deployed anywhere in the world. This paper details the course of MCIT’s development, from initial concept to working prototype to finalized training system. We also discuss the technical challenges of developing in VBS2 and the changes driven by user feedback throughout the development process.
Reference:
Rapid Development of a Mixed-Media, Deployable Counter-IED Trainer (Hays, Matthew, Silva, Teri M. and Richmond, Todd), In Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), 2010.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{hays_rapid_2010,
	address = {Orlando, FL},
	title = {Rapid {Development} of a {Mixed}-{Media}, {Deployable} {Counter}-{IED} {Trainer}},
	url = {http://ict.usc.edu/pubs/Rapid%20Development%20of%20a%20Mixed-Media,%20Deployable%20Counter-IED%20Trainer.pdf},
	abstract = {In February 2009, the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California was contracted to develop a training system for Soldiers and Marines. The goal of the training system was to reduce the number of casualties caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Over the next five months, a team at the ICT drew on subject-matter experts' input, findings from cognitive psychology, and cinema-style script-writing to achieve this goal. The result is the Mobile Counter-IED Interactive Trainer (MCIT), a narrative-focused, mixed- media training simulator that can be deployed anywhere in the world. This paper details the course of MCIT’s development, from initial concept to working prototype to finalized training system. We also discuss the technical challenges of developing in VBS2 and the changes driven by user feedback throughout the development process.},
	booktitle = {Interservice/{Industry} {Training}, {Simulation} and {Education} {Conference} ({I}/{ITSEC})},
	author = {Hays, Matthew and Silva, Teri M. and Richmond, Todd},
	month = dec,
	year = {2010}
}
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