U.S. Navy awards UI Virtual Soldier program

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract for the Virtual Soldier Research Program to the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Research and Design, according to a university press release.

The program uses a 3D soldier model to estimate stress and fatigue levels from equipment and environment in a wartime setting. Project engineers will use computer modeling programs to determine variables like mobility and physical stress.

The Office of Naval Research helped develop the program in hopes of military personnel carrying lighter loads during combat.

The UI has worked on computerized human simulation for the last eight years, leading to the develpoment of the 3D human model SANTOS.

— by Luke Voelz

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