Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) has been selected to present the paper, Addressing Tactical Combat Casualty Care in Synthetic Training Environments, at vIITSEC next week. Co-authored by Richard Madrid, ECS Vice President of Global Services and Joanne Barnieu, ECS Director of Instructional Science, the paper outlines a multi-year research effort on the use of haptics within virtual reality (VR) environments.


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Barnieu and Madrid will be presenting the paper virtually with Dr. Bill Pike, Science & Technology Manager of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center Simulation and Training Technology Center (CCDC STTC). The presentation will be available throughout vIITSEC from November 30 – December 4, and on-demand through March 1, 2021, to registered exhibitors and attendees.

The paper addresses how ECS designed and developed a VR simulation for soldier instructors utilizing Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) integrated with a haptic glove system. By partnering with HaptX, the team was able to incorporate haptic technology which added the sense of touch to the learning experience. Next, participants provided feedback regarding their reactions in terms of usability, satisfaction, utility, and perceived training effectiveness. The ECS team then conducted analysis, including a clustering of sub-populations based on demographic data, that yielded favorable results. During the presentation, Barnieu, Madrid, and Pike will review the results and discuss key findings.

Waymon Armstrong, ECS President/CEO says: “Our team is honored to have been selected to present our paper during vIITSEC. Our innovative use of haptic technology, along with the research we collected, is important to share with others in our industry, as it leads to, not only enhancing the quality and retention of combat training but also potentially leads to saving the lives of more warfighters on and off of the battlefield.”