Date: September 25th 2014

CapCHI Presents: Interactive Tour of Carleton University's Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab

Date: Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm; tour begins at 6:30 pm
Place: Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Dr
VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor)


It's time again for our annual field trip! In the past couple of years we've been to simulation centres at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and Algonquin College's School of Health and Community Studies. This year, we're heading to Carleton University to get a look at (and chance to jump into) their collection virtual simulators in the Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).

The ACE lab is associated with the Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre, the mission of which is to discover fundamental principles of human perception and cognition and to apply these principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems. Examples of research projects at the ACE Lab include:

- Aging, cognition health and general aviation pilots

- Motion cueing and simulator-based flight training

- Embodied cognition in virtual cockpit training systems

- Virtual training system for search and rescue operators

- The VSIM Holodeck project (this is a new initiative).

Dr. Chris Herdman will present a brief introduction to the VSIM Centre and the ACE Lab. A general overview of the various projects will be given while touring the ACE Lab’s simulator infrastructure, including:

- Full motion (6-dof) helicopter simulator

- Motion cueing seat

- Bell 206-type flight simulator

- Hi-definition 8-channel large scale display system

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone will be able to demo the simulators, but many will have the opportunity!

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Herdman has been on the faculty at Carleton University since 1988 where he is currently a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, as well as Scientific Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Visualization, Simulation and Modelling (VSIM). During his 25+ years at Carleton, Dr. Herdman has distinguished himself as a psychologist and inter-disciplinarian, but particularly as a leader in the establishment and scientific direction of the VSIM Centre where he is not only the Director, but also the team’s Principal Investigator. Dr. Herdman has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing scientific research, attracting approximately $43M in research funding. He is accredited with securing funding of $28.8M for the VSIM Centre, an amount which included not only $14M from Federal and Provincial Government agencies, but also close to $15M from industry partners. Dr. Herdman’s own research approach is to link basic research in human cognition to the design, imple
mentation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems through the use of modelling and virtual reality simulations.

Under Dr. Herdman’s direction, the VSIM Centre has developed over 20 industry partners from across Canada who are actively engaged in research and development. The Centre is also directly connected to key government agencies and research labs, including the NRC, Transport Canada, and the Department of Defence labs across Canada. As the Director, Dr. Herdman ensures the VSIM Centre is very involved in education and outreach, providing hands-on projects for high school students, sponsoring over 50 public tours and demonstrations (annually) for government research agencies and Federal (and) Provincial government ministries, as well as hosting diplomats, scientists and officials from all over the world.

Dr. Herdman received his Honours B.Sc. in Psychology in 1979 from Trent University and subsequently a(n) M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alberta.

NOTE: There is a small cost to attending this event and prior registration IS required.
While most of our events are free, we have decided to ask for a small amount to reserve your spot on the tour. We are space limited to 30 participants and want to ensure that those who register will come, rather than taking a spot from someone who would otherwise be there. If the event sells out, please put your name on the waiting list! We will provide refunds up to 48 hours prior to the event, so any vacated spots will be offered to those on the waiting list. Also, if the waiting list is long enough, we could try to put together a second visit to the ACE lab on a different date. Register here ASAP to ensure you don't miss out:

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