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Douglas Maxwell

Douglas Maxwell

Learning & Training Systems Division

Senior Research Engineer LinkedIn

Douglas MaxwellDoug is intensely interested in determining value and return on investment for virtual training systems, establishing a framework of applicability for the technology in terms of performance gains, time advantages, and cost. He has applied his background in mechanical engineering and virtual simulations to the fabrication of custom virtual reality hardware interfaces, scientific visualization, games for training and simulation based training systems. He has also conducted large scale training effectiveness studies with hundreds of soldiers in an effort to determine what key technical attributes were of value in a virtual simulator. Prior to joining Aptima, Doug was a federal Department of Defense employee with 16+ years of experience in the Naval and Army Research Laboratory systems.

Doug holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida, and a M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He also holds two patents related to tactical visualization, specifically uncertainty of target tracking for battlespace management and blended bathymetric databases. Dr. Maxwell has been the recipient of multiple NAVSEA Naval Undersea Warfare Center awards for Excellence in Modeling and Simulation and Excellence in Innovation.

Notable Publications

Maxwell, D.B. & Heilmann, M. (2017). Proceedings from MODSIM World 2017: Leveraging HTML5 and WebGL to Address Information Assurance Barriers for Simulation Based Training in the US Military.

Maxwell, D.B. & Zheng, J. (2017). Proceedings from MODSIM World 2017: Large Scale Testing and Evaluation of Virtual Environments for Infantry Soldier Tasks Comparing Mental Effort for Live Versus Virtual Training Performance Assessments.

Maxwell, D.B. (2016). Proceedings from International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Application of Virtual Environments for Infantry Soldier Skills Training: We Are Doing it Wrong.

Maxwell, D.B., Stevens, J. & Maraj, C. (2016). Proceedings from 10th International Conference on Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience-Volume 9744: Alternate Rubric for Performance Assessment of Infantry Soldier Skills Training.

Maxwell, D.B. (2015). Gauging Training Effectiveness of Virtual Environment Simulation Based Applications for an Infantry Soldier Training Task. (Doctoral Dissertation)

Stevens, J., Ortiz, E., Reinerman-Jones, L., & Maxwell, D.B. (2015). Proceedings of the Conference on Summer Computer Simulation: Approach to Examine Efficacy of Game-based and Virtual Simulation Training.

Maxwell, D.B., Griffith, T., & Finkelstein, N.M. (2014) Use of Virtual Worlds in Military Services as Part of a Blended Learning Strategy. In Hale, K.S. & Stanney, K.M. (Eds.), Handbook of Virtual Environments Design, Implementation, and Applications, Chapter 37. ISBN-13: 978-1466511842

Maxwell, D.B., Geil, J., Rivera, W., Liu, H. (2014) Proceedings from Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC): A Distributed      Scene Graph Approach to Scaled Simulation Based Training Applications.

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