The Institute for Simulation and Training is an institute of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, focused on training and simulation related research. Nationally renowned faculty, pioneering research and a student-centered approach to learning have cemented UCF as a center for academic excellence, attracting students from all 50 states and 138 foreign countries. UCF has 12 colleges and currently offers 92 bachelor’s, 85 master’s, 31 doctoral and four advanced master’s, professional (medical), and specialist degree programs.A multidisciplinary graduate program leading to a master’s and doctoral degree in modeling and simulation is available to students of engineering, computer science, digital media, mathematics, psychology and other related disciplines.
The university also offers two two-year programs for working M&S professionals:
- A Modeling and Simulation Professional Science Master’s Degree
- An online 15-credit-hour certificate program, Modeling & Simulation of Technical Systems, offering one course each semester and designed for completion by part-time students.
- A new online 13-credit-hour certificate program, Modeling & Simulation of Behavioral Cybersecurity, offering one course each semester and designed for completion by part-time students.
The university’s emphasis on research fosters the creation of intellectual capital that can solve today’s pressing problems, improve the quality of life and provide an engine for economic growth. Research dollars reach far beyond university boundaries to strengthen and diversify the local and state economy. In 2012, $128.9 million from federal, state and industry partners funded UCF research efforts.
Founded in 1982, IST is one of the nation’s leading research centers for simulation, training, modeling, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. IST employs more than 260 full-time researchers, support personnel and student interns. A growing number of joint faculty appointments with UCF extend the institute’s range of capabilities to a wide spectrum of university disciplines.
An aggressive effort to involve students in real-world research has resulted in numerous undergraduate and graduate student research positions. Located in a dynamic, growing field, supported by government and industry sponsors, and charged with identifying new directions for this technology, IST is helping to define the future of simulation and training.
The institute is located in the Central Florida Research Park next to the UCF campus. This location is in the heart of the “Florida High Tech Corridor” between Daytona Beach and Tampa where more than 170 companies specialize in simulation- and training-related research. Many of the 116 research park companies—including DoD Team Orlando organizations—work with UCF researchers and students on projects in the sciences, engineering, photonics and optics, modeling and simulation, and health-related fields.