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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Orlando-UCF Area

3028 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida, United States 32826

Tel: 1-407-282-0067 Fax:  1-407-282-3403

Conference will be held at UCF Institute for Simulation & Training

Partnership II Buildings: 3100 Technology Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826

(right at the ATT sign and then Left and Left) 

Phone Numbers:  407-882-1300 / Fax: 407-882-1335

Institute for Simulation & Training 

The Institute is in the University of Central Florida Partnership II and III buildings in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent the university's main campus. The research park is a hub of modeling, simulation and training research and acquisition. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAVAIR TSD) and U.S. Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation are within walking distance. Partnership III is also home to U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems and elements of the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). More than 140 simulation-related government, academic and corporate entities have facilities in the Central Florida high-tech corridor that follows Interstate 4 across the state from Daytona Beach to Orlando to Tampa Bay.  IST's Partnership III building houses major simulation labs and the Department of Information Systems Technology. The National Center for Simulation headquarters is located at this address.

Partnership II

Partnership II, in the heart of Research Park, was built with the goal of establishing research collaborations and partnerships in training, simulation, and distance learning. This five-story building houses university research group, such as UCF’s Team Performance Lab and several branches of the military. The second floor of the partnership building is home to various teams in CDL(Center for Distributed Learning) including Level2 Productions. While we maintain video support for online courses, the partnership building has granted access to many new avenues of collaborations and projects with both on and off campus organizations.

The Institute for Simulation and Training is an institute of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, focused on training and simulation related research. Nationally renowned faculty, pioneering research and a student-centered approach to learning have cemented UCF as a center for academic excellence, attracting students from all 50 states and 138 foreign countries. UCF has 12 colleges and currently offers 92 bachelor’s, 85 master’s, 30 doctoral and four advanced master’s, professional (medical), and specialist degree programs.  A multidisciplinary graduate program leading to a master’s and doctoral degree in modeling and simulation is available to students of engineering, computer science, digital media, mathematics, psychology and other related disciplines. The university, in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus also offers a two-year online program for working professionals: the Modeling and Simulation Professional Science MS Degree.

The university's emphasis on research fosters the creation of intellectual capital that can solve today’s pressing problems, improve the quality of life and provide an engine for economic growth. Research dollars reach far beyond university boundaries to strengthen and diversify the local and state economy. In 2010, a record $133 million came from federal, state and industry partners. Many of the 10,000 employees in the Central Florida Research Park next to the main campus work with UCF researchers and students on projects in the sciences, engineering, photonics and optics, modeling and simulation, and health-related fields.

Founded in 1982, IST is one of the nation’s leading research centers for simulation, training, modeling, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. IST employs more than 260 full-time researchers, support personnel and student interns. A growing number of joint faculty appointments with UCF extend the institute’s range of capabilities to a wide spectrum of university disciplines.  An aggressive effort to involve students in real-world research has resulted in numerous undergraduate and graduate student research positions.  Located in a dynamic, growing field, supported by government and industry sponsors, and charged with identifying new directions for this technology, IST is helping to define the future of simulation and training.

The institute is located in the Central Florida Research Park next to the UCF campus. This location is in the heart of the “Florida High Tech Corridor” between Daytona Beach and Tampa where over 170 companies specialize in simulation- and training-related research. Key Department of Defense training systems developers are co-located in the research park. The Naval Aviation (NAVAIR) Orlando Training Systems Division, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), US Army Research Development and Engineering Command Simulation and Training Technology Center, Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation,  U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems, the Army Research Institute Human Research and Engineering Directorate, and the Coast Guard Liaison Office are within walking distance of IST’s facilities.

IST’s laboratories, workspace and administrative offices occupy more than 80,000 sq. ft. at its three Central Florida Research Park locations, the Partnership II and III buildings and the Simulation Training Technology Center. Large portions of the institute’s facilities are configured as laboratories and research workspace. Laboratory space is flexible and reconfigured as projects and programs require. Current laboratories support research in computer generated forces, embedded training, virtual, mixed and augmented reality, computer graphics, high performance parallel processing, interactive entertainment, public safety, advanced distributed learning, computer-controlled robotics, human factors and behavioral science. 25,000 sq. ft. in the Simulation Training Technology Center is principally dedicated to Army simulation training initiatives and the Army Research Institute. IST and UCF research faculty, students, and program managers share this significant laboratory space with the Army and conduct joint research projects. Additional laboratories are available in the Partnership II and III buildings.  These five-story, 191,000 sq. ft. (total) buildings are also home to elements of U.S. Army PEO (STRI), U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems and UCF’s Team Performance and Advanced Distributed Learning Laboratories. Laboratories are equipped with computers, simulators and related equipment interconnected by high speed data transmission lines and fiber optics.

IST is a focal point for research in simulation technology for many groups in the Orlando community and beyond. An example of these partnerships is the BARCO/Lockheed/Quantum3D Augmented Reality Center located for several years in the Partnership II building. The institute’s three major and numerous smaller laboratories provide an optimum environment for students, faculty, research staff and outside organizations wishing to conduct research.

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