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Aptima ‘Human Expertise’ on Display at Capitol Hill Modeling & Simulation Exposition

Technologies that identify, train, and measure expert teams support ‘American Response’ theme

Washington, DC,  June 23, 2011 – What do earthquakes and open seas piracy have to do with one another?  Today’s large scale disasters and unconventional attacks depend on quickly coordinated human response, requiring far-flung experts and teams to come together and collaborate efficiently.

How the latest technologies are being used to train and prepare U.S. military and civilian first-responders will be on display at the 6th Annual 2011 Capitol Hill Modeling and Simulation Expo. Sponsored by the National Association of Simulation & Training, the June 23rd expo will demonstrate to policy makers how modeling and simulation (M&S) is solving some of the most pressing homeland security and national defense challenges, including disaster response, incident command response, and terrorist response.

This year’s theme is the “American Response Act,” based on the bill being formulated by Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus.

Aptima, one of the exhibiting companies, has applied research in what comprises high performance human decision-making and team collaboration.  Several tools it’s developed can identify expert teamsfor critical missions, accelerate their preparedness, and measure their training and actual performance to guide improvements. These include:

  • DDD®  [Archived Link No Longer Available] – A desktop simulator for training dispersed teams in decision-making and coordination. Its changeable scenarios allow it to be used both as a research test-bed and operational trainer.
  • Performance Dashboard™ – Software that displays real-time measures for team communications and collaboration, enabling instructors to improve skills during training exercises.
  • TeamBuilder™ – A patented software that can discover individuals throughout an organization (local to worldwide), creating an expert team based on the ideal skills and traits needed for a given mission.

Prepared Response:  From California earthquake to global terrorism

The DDD team training simulation shows a scenario involving U.S. and Chinese naval forces monitoring the coast of Somalia for piracy. When an unknown vessel confronts a merchant ship, the coalition responds, deploying UAVs and helicopters to investigate, leading to an escalation by the pirates. The geographically distributed trainees tasked with tracking and engaging the adversaries, use VoIP, IM chat, and collaborative white-boarding embedded in the DDD simulator to command their forces and accomplish the mission. Instructors can view their performance in real-time through the Performance Dashboard as the exercise unfolds (part of Aptima’s A-Measure® software).

DDD will also show a simulation for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Chiefs cooperating in response to an earthquake, resulting fires and building collapses.   Managing the regional disaster hinges on the need to dynamically transferdecision authority, allocate resources between teams, and coordinate efforts using different modes of communication– all of which are built into DDD’s scenarios.

WHAT: 6th Annual Capitol Hill Modeling & Simulation Expo
WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:00 a.m. opening remarks by Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) and other Caucus members. Exhibit hours 10:30– 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Main foyer of the Rayburn Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

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