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New Project Will Develop Virtual Reality Counterterror Training


A virtual reality environment in the AUGGMED training platform.

An innovative mixed-reality training program called AUGGMED could help better prepare security personnel in Europe to respond to physical threats and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

Credit: Robert Stone/University of Birmingham, BAE systems

An innovative, collaborative training program could better prepare security personnel in Europe to respond to physical threats and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. AUtomated serious Game scenario Generator for MixED reality training (AUGGMED) aims to develop a multimodal virtual reality (VR) and mixed-reality platform over the next 36 months.

Trainers will be able to present police, security forces, counterterrorism units, and first responders with a wide range of scenarios in different VR environments using mixed-reality techniques. Trainers will be able to set learning objectives for individuals and teams, define scenarios, monitor progress, alter scenario parameters, provide real-time feedback, and assess trainee performance. The platform will be able to be used anywhere via devices such as smartphones, tablets, high-end PCs with multiple monitors, and head-mounted displays, and trainees will be able to initiate sessions at their convenience.

AUGGMED is part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program.

"It's vital with any training that it is fit for purpose," says AUGGMED project coordinator Christos Giachritsis. "It is for this reason that the end users...play a critical role throughout the development process, providing their knowledge and expertise in relation to the definition of training requirements and subsequent evaluation of the AUGGMED platform."

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