The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has opened up research that could lead to robots and surrogates being created to help expand military training. The University of Central Florida is lending a hand in research, with a human surrogate interacting with visitors at the Institute for Simulation and Training laboratory.
The ONR Human Surrogate Interaction program will focus on humans interacting with virtual and physical surrogates - and could lead to personnel training using robots. There will also be research focused on how the military can control surrogates for reconnaissance operations on the battlefield.
"Marine Corps training concepts continue to merge virtual and live components to create the most realistic, effective and affordable training for Marines," said Peter Squire, program officer of ONR. "The way people react to and interact with the different surrogates in this study is crucial to understanding how we can improve our military training systems."