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Eric Watz

Eric Watz

Chief Engineer

Eric Watz provides expertise in the areas of human performance measurement, learning management systems, and integration of cognitive modeling architectures with distributed simulation and training systems. Mr. Watz leads the technical research and development for a number of Air Force Research Laboratory efforts that focus on developing new and innovative capabilities to train operational personnel in the tactical fast jet, remote piloted aircraft, and other domains. Prior to joining Aptima, Eric served as Chief Technology Officer for Lumir Research Institute (now part of Aptima) where he led the full software development cycle for PETS™, an intelligent suite of data mining, performance analysis, and storage tools developed by AFRL/RHAS and Lumir as part of the Warfighter Readiness Assessment Performance Measurement and Tracking System (WRAP-MTS). The PETS system captures data from DMO and LVC networks and calculates measures of human effectiveness.

Mr. Watz received an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, a B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a member of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization. He has authored and contributed to numbers conference papers and journal articles on the topics of human performance measurement, learning management systems, and integration of cognitive modeling architectures with distributed simulation and training systems.


Publications

Watz, E., Keck, L., & Schreiber, B. T. (2004).  Using PETS Software to Capture Complex Objective Measurement Data from Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) Environments.  In Proceedings of the 2004 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop. Arlington, VA. Paper available as 04S-SIW-143.

Watz, E. A., & DeFabritis, D. (2009). Performance Measurement across Virtual and Live Training Environments: Data Commonalities and Differences and Implication. Paper presented at the 2009 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop.

Mittal, S., Doyle, M. J., & Watz, E. (2013). Detecting Intelligent Agent Behavior with Environment Abstraction in Complex Air Combat Systems. In Proceedings, Systems Conference (SysCon), 2013 IEEE International. Orlando FL.

Doyle, M. J., & Watz, E., & Portrey, A. M.  (2015). Merging Worlds: Complex Adaptive Systems Science Meets Systems Engineering – A Foundation for Complex Adaptive Agent Based Behavior Modeling Architectures. Spring Sim 15’ Multi-Conference. April 12 – 15, Alexandria, USA.

Bennett, W. Jr., Berlingo, M., Tripp, L., & Watz, E. (2016) Creating Systems to Actually Manage Learning: Creation of a Service Oriented Architecture. In Proceedings of the 2016 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop. Orlando, FL. Paper available as 2016-SIW-043.

Schreiber, B. T., Watz, E.,  Bennett, W. Jr, & Portrey, A. M.  (2003). Development of a Distributed Mission Training Automated Performance Tracking System. In Proceedings of the Behavioral Representations in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS) Conference. Scottsdale, AZ

Schreiber, B. T., Watz, E. A., & Bennett, W. Jr. (2003). Objective Human Performance Measurement in a Distributed Environment:  Tomorrow’s Needs.  In 2003 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Proceedings. Orlando, FL: National Security Industrial Association

Watz, E., Schreiber, B. T., Keck, L., McCall, J. M., & Bennett, W. Jr. (2003).  Performance Measurement Challenges in Distributed Mission Operations Environments.  [Electronic Version] Simulation Technology Newsletter. 03F-SIW-022. March 16, 2004. Retrieved 7/26/04 from http://www.sisostds.org/webletter/siso/Iss_102/index.htm 2003 Fall SIWzie Award winner – Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop

Keck, L., Watz, E., & Schreiber, B.T. (2004).  The Requirement of DIS Internal Entity State Data  for Human Effects Research and Training of Mission Essential Competencies (MECs).  In Proceedings of the 2004 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop Conference

Schreiber, B. T., Watz, E. A., & Bennett, W. Jr. (2007). DIS: Does Interoperability Suffice? A Need to Set a Higher Standard.  Paper presented at the 2007 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop. [Electronic Version] Paper available as 07S-SIW-067.DOC, 2007

Neubauer, P. J., DiSalvo, P., Watz, E. A., & Williamson, M. D. (2008). Improving Simulation Training Through Data Warehousing. In Proceedings of the 2008 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop. Orlando, FL

Watz, E. A., & Hargrove, J. (2009). LNCS: Next-Generation Exercise Management Capability for LVC Environments. Paper presented at the 2009 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop

Neubauer, P., & Watz, E. (2011). Network Protocol Extensions for Automated Human Performance Assessment in Distributed Training Simulation (11S-SIW-053). Paper presented to 2011 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Boston, MA

Tannehill, B., Portrey, A. M., & Watz, E. (2014). Developing a Learning Management System for LVC and DMO Environments (14F-SIW-043). Paper presented to 2014 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Orlando, FL

Tannehill, B., Watz, E., &Wade, A. (2014). Developing a Competency-Based Diagnostic Modeling Capability for LVC/DMO Training (14F-SIW-032). Paper presented to 2014 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Orlando, FL

Doyle, M. J., Portrey, A.M., Watz, E. (2015). Flexible Frameworks: Agents-in-the-OODA-loop. Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group (HFE TAG) Meeting 69:  Modeling and Simulation Sub-TAG. Orlando, FL. 4-8 May, 2015

Watz, E., & Doyle, M. J.  (2014). Fighter Combat-Tactical Awareness Capability (FC-TAC) for use in Live Virtual Constructive Training. Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW) September 08-12, 2014. Orlando, Florida.

For more information about Eric’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.