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Drexel University to use Simlat C-STAR Simulation System in ASSURE human factors research

Simlat delivered a C-STAR simulation lab for human factors research to Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, core member of the FAA UAS Center of excellence.

June 6th, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA - Simlat delivered a Full Crew solution for UAS training and simulation to Drexel University. As part of Drexel's membership in the FAA UAS Center of Excellence, the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), the university has been utilizing Simlat's C-STAR system to study human factors in UAS operation.

The delivered C-STAR system consists of Simlat’s Performance Analysis & Evaluation module (PANEL) to support this research. Simlat PANEL collects and processes simulation data to produce comprehensive reports of trainees’ performance in various tasks, malfunctions, and missions throughout a training session.

During November 2017 the Drexel’s CONQUER Collaborative ( performed an experiment that focused on monitoring performance of the UAS payload operator during training by a wearable brain monitoring technology, namely functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). In this experiment, subjects with no previous experience with UAS were tasked with sensor and payload operation, requiring skills such as systematic approach, situational awareness and spatial orientation. Performance was measured using an fNIRS system and Simlat's PANEL. The experiment demonstrated increased proficiency and reduced cognitive effort as subjects gained more experience.

“This study has been one of the early attempts in the UAS training to develop advanced performance assessment technologies as well as personalized and adaptive training methods” said Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD, an associate research professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems who is one of the Drexel’s institutional lead for the FAA ASSURE COE. The Drexel team hosts two of SIMLAT’s C-STAR systems to use as a UAS training simulator platform for their research. ’We are very grateful and appreciative of Simlat’s support and close collaboration on our research,’ Izzetoglu said.


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The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) is comprised of twenty-three of the world's leading research institutions and more than a hundred leading industry/government partners.

This alliance features expertise across a broad spectrum of research areas including: Air traffic control interoperability, UAS airport ground operations, control and communications, detect and avoid, human factors, UAS noise reduction, UAS wake signatures, unmanned aircraft pilot training and certification, low altitude operations safety, spectrum management and UAS traffic management.

ASSURE possess the expertise, experience and influence that the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems demands.

About Simlat - UAS Training & Simulation

Simlat is a leading provider of next generation training solutions for unmanned vehicle systems (UAS). Simlat’s solutions enable training for any Platform, Payload & Mission. Simlat's systems are available as stand-alone, embedded/integrated to control stations, as well as customized to specific platforms.

Simlat supports over 80 UAS programs & training centers in 30 countries.

Frost & Sullivan has recognized Simlat for best UAS Simulation product line in 2016.

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