The DSI is supporting a number of projects within the modelling and simulation program. The first, and to date largest, of these is a major initiative supporting the development of haptic technologies that provide users with greatly enhanced “feel” when they use remotely controlled robotic arms. This research has broad application but the primary interest to defence is in countering improvised explosive devices. This work is being conducted by Professor Saeid Nahavandi’s group at the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) at Deakin University.On a recent visit to Deakin the DSI’s Associate Director Clint Heinze flew the technologically advanced Universal Motion Simulator, a flyable cockpit based around a large robotic arm. This type of sophisticated moving base simulator offers the degrees of freedom and flexibility of motion required for studying some of the more challenging research questions facing defence surrounding helicopter and fast jet operations. Helmet mounted displays with accurate head and eye tracking coupled with a comprehensive data recording capability supports human factors research across a range of domains requiring immersive and physiologically realistic simulated environments.
Further information: DSTO News