Report: ITI, Santos aid U.S. Army efforts to predict soldier performance

The University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) and its physics-based virtual human model Santos are integral to a new initiative to harness modeling and simulation technology to better predict and analyze soldier performance, according to an article published by the U.S. Army this month.

The article, "CCDC DAC: Forging the Future of Human Behavior Representation on the Battlefield," details an effort to generate and store more consistent and meaningful data from modeling and simulation studies. The information can then be used to improve soldier training, develop better and more useful equipment, and keep soldiers safer and more effective in the field.

The Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command Data and Analysis Center (CCDC DAC) is leading the way by examining gaps and challenges in how human behavior is represented in the modeling and simulation community. The intent is to store authoritative data for the Army.

ITI and Santos are playing a key role in data collection. 

ITI is working in partnership with the CCDC Soldier Center, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and PEO Soldier to create the Soldier and Squad Trade Space Analysis Framework (SSTAF). Leveraging Santos, SSTAF would provide the architecture for integrating human performance and other data for a unified, dynamic representation of soldier state and capability. 

ITI is an innovator and leader in modeling and simulation. ITI laboratories such as the Virtual Soldier Research Program, which houses Santos, have a long track record of supporting Department of Defense programs.

In August, ITI is leveraging its platform as a leader in human modeling and simulation to convene the Iowa Virtual Human Summit on Aug. 12. The summit will examine the role of modeling and simulation in upgrading body armor and personal protective equipment for women in the military and other professions. Experts from academia, the Department of Defense, and industries will share information. 

Read the full article on the U.S. Army website.

The Iowa Technology Institute’s Santos™ is shown simulating soldier motion while burdened with equipment.