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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it’s very nearly a plane!

The Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) is 50-strong research team based at Australia’s Deakin University developing “state-of-the-art algorithms and methodologies” for a range of real-world challenges.

“It might look like a state of the art theme park ride,” says Saeid Nahavandi, Director of the CISR, “but the Universal Motion Simulator will take trainee pilots and drivers through their paces in a safer, cheaper and more realistic training environment than currently available elsewhere in the world.”

In an interview with Defence IQ, Professor Nahavandi, explained how the Centre is developing advanced technologies for military flight training and simulation purposes.

“With funding from the Australian Research Council, The Department of Defence, and numerous industry partners, CISR has been able to equip five research labs with state of the art equipment, including mobile robots, industrial robots, haptic devices (the largest number of devices in the Southern hemisphere), thermal imaging systems, optical imaging systems, rapid prototyping machines, super computers and suites of process simulation software.”

So how’s it different to other simulators?

“Standard simulators replicate the flying or driving experience by merely tilting from side-to-side and providing the ‘real life’ sensation through visual cues. What sets the UMS apart from standard simulators is the integration of haptics technology, which provides a sense of touch and feel to virtual or remote objects, and its ability move at high speed and in any direction. Combined with a high resolution 3D display mounted inside a headset, the user is totally immersed in the set training environment and has a “real” experience – both visually and physically.”

Sound good? I think so too. But wait, there’s more…

“While suited for training pilots, the UMS is also the perfect platform for simulating land based vehicles including tanks and other armoured vehicles, trucks, race cars and motorbikes. Its training capabilities are endless.”

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the progress made at CISR, it’s likely they’ll be further developments to report in the new year.

Read more from the interview with Professor Nahavandi by clicking here.

One response to “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it’s very nearly a plane!

  1. BAUMGARTNER December 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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    military cadet- pilot applicants
    airlines F/O candidates
    current profesional pilots.
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    Best regards,
    Claude

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