Tricia Mautone has recently received recognition, from international organizations that promote advances in training, education and simulation, for her work on the application of game-based training technology. The paper she presented May 2010 at ITEC, "Improving Aircrew Training through the Application of Game-Based Training Technology" received the ITEC 2010 Excellence Award. This led to her being invited to present the paper at the December 2010 I/ITSEC meetings, the international conference featuring advances in training, simulation and education, at a session titled "Best from Around the Globe."
Alan Spiker was a key member of The Border Hunter Research Team that was chosen as one of six winners of this year's National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) Modeling & Simulation Awards, and finalist for the 2010 Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Modeling & Simulation. The awards were presented at I/ITSEC. Members of the team came from the following organizations: US Joint Forces Command, UCF Institute for Simulation & Training, Pacific Science & Engineering, Anacapa Sciences, Cognitive Performance Group, and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. The nomination citation is presented below.
"The Border Hunter research team executed high-quality field research this spring. They carried out their work--from contract start to finish--in approximately six months, and at the end of the project they delivered a robust training suite for Irregular Warfare cognitive skills. This multidisciplinary, multiagency team's efforts went over-and-above, and for these reasons, I nominate them for the 2010 NTSA/Governor's Award. This multidisciplinary, multiagency research team embodies the spirit of collaborative research. They executed a uniquely robust training evaluation (including longitudinal and organizational transfer measures) and delivered detailed results in six months. They developed cognitive models of expert "Combat Hunters," metrics for trainees, and a domain content model of relevant skills. This research lays the groundwork for well-informed, systematic extensions to this kind of training, and it went over-and-above what was expected."