News story: High-resolution imaging from smaller apertures

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  1. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, SME Spectra Medical has successfully demonstrated a novel method of imaging using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and commercially available components.

    SAR is a form of radar that’s used to create high-resolution, broad area imaging of objects, such as landscapes. OCT is an emerging technology sometimes described as ultrasound with light. With CDE funding, Spectra Medical combined SAR with OCT to showcase a new method for collecting high-resolution images from smaller apertures for use in the space and defence sectors.

    It’s hoped that in the future this technique will enable higher resolution imaging from smaller apertures than previously needed, such as producing high-resolution images from small micro satellites.

    John Rogers, Director, Spectra Medical says:


    The funding received from CDE has allowed Spectra Medical to expand from the medical imaging industry and enter the defence and space sector.

    Spectra Medical is a specialist in the technology of OCT. Founded in January 2014 and based in Canterbury, Kent, Spectra Medical currently has 2 employees.

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  2. Glasgow-based SME Amethyst Research has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop and demonstrate new infrared sensing capabilities.

    Amethyst has demonstrated a proof-of-concept in the development of 2-colour infrared detector technology. In the future this technology could be mounted on unmanned systems for a more effective sensing capability during persistent surveillance.

    The infrared sensor technology Amethyst has developed with CDE funding has already had an impact on establishing Amethyst in the UK as one of a few SMEs that can provide customised infrared solutions using III-V compound semiconductors.

    Manish Jain, Program Manager, Amethyst Research says:


    The support from CDE since Amethyst was launched in the UK in 2013 has made a strong contribution to the growth of our business. We have now reached a stage where we have begun manufacturing ultra-high performance Focal Plane Arrays to serve our customers in both defence and private sector.

    Amethyst Research was established in the UK in 2013. Using proprietary infrared detector technology, Amethyst is a supplier and developer of single element, linear and 2D array manufacturing capabilities. The company is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  3. As an example application of their highly efficient, unique and versatile conical rotary compressor design, Edinburgh-based VERT Rotors received Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to develop a prototype system that could significantly improve the quality and resolution of infrared imaging in small surveillance satellites.

    In small imaging systems vibration isn’t desirable, but it is an inherent feature of current, state-of-the-art cryocoolers based on piston compressors. VERT Rotor’s miniature low-vibration cooling system is based on their conical rotary compressor technology. It can cool infrared image sensors on small satellites with very little vibration, thus eliminating this problem.

    VERT Rotors has already started another project to upgrade their rotary cryocooling system for space simulation testing. In the future this could offer a step-change innovation for a future British space-surveillance capability.

    Olly Dmitriev, Managing Director, VERT Rotors says:


    CDE truly supports cutting-edge innovation. While everyone else is interested in proven technologies, CDE is looking for future breakthroughs to create unique competitive advantages. We were happy to be a part of this journey.

    VERT Rotors designs and manufactures ultra-compact, low-vibration compressors for aerospace, medical and other applications. The SME, founded in 2013, has 7 full-time employees.

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  4. The University of Strathclyde has received Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to develop and test a novel blood salvage device to minimise blood loss in severely injured personnel in the field.

    The device is able to directly return the blood lost due to open injury to the casualty, or to concentrate the blood and return it in the form of concentrated blood cells.

    The technology can be easily deployed in the field and is independent of electrical power. In addition, once the casualty has been received at a hospital location, the device can be transferred to a base station platform and used as a conventional blood salvage device.

    The device could ultimately reduce the need for donor blood transfusions in the treatment of injured personnel. Patents have been filed and a business partner secured to commercialise the technology with the objective of deploying the device under clinical conditions.

    Professor Terry Gourlay, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde says:


    The funding support we received from CDE enabled us to develop prototype devices, test these and secure the interest of a commercial partner to take our life saving technology closer to clinical deployment.
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  5. Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE)-funded research carried out at the University of Bristol has demonstrated more robust and reliable nano-electromechanical relays.

    Operation of electronic components in environments with high levels of radiation and high temperatures is very challenging. Nano-electromechanical relays are more radiation resistant and can withstand higher temperatures than existing solid-state technologies, so are the preferred option for these very harsh environments. However, challenges remain around the reliability and functionality of nano-electromechanical relays. The University of Bristol’s work has developed an electrode contact solution that addresses this challenge.

    A reliable nano-electromechanical relay-based technology has massive implications for high-temperature, high-radiation environments; both as a switch and as a long-duration/high-integrity data storage device. It promises capabilities beyond that of existing or experimental capability. This technology would have civilian and defence applications, including electronics for aerospace, unmanned systems, nuclear reactors, oil-field equipment and the automotive sector.

    Dinesh Pamunuwa, Reader in Microelectronics, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol says:


    The funding and support from CDE has allowed us to carry out fundamental research in engineering that has resulted in a ground-breaking solution to a topical problem.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  6. Researchers at the University of Birmingham have been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop unique military medical tools that could be used on the battlefield, in a field hospital or for rehabilitation. The concept involves wound irradiation using low-power light to decontaminate and accelerate healing mechanisms after minor injuries, burns or even extensive trauma.

    The University of Birmingham study has demonstrated fundamental principles associated with light therapy and tissue repair at a cellular and molecular level. The results demonstrate the potential to use novel therapeutic technologies to reduce the risk of infection and increase healing rates following injuries. This includes those sustained on the battlefield, as well as after surgical procedures.

    Future application of this technology may improve clinical success rates and rehabilitate troops back to duty more quickly.

    Dr Will Palin, Reader in Biomaterials, University of Birmingham says:


    The funded CDE project has enabled us to work with relevant key stakeholders including military-related medical sciences, which is crucial for the development of our novel proposed technology.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  7. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, IQHQ has designed, developed and successfully demonstrated a new military wireless communication wideband radio system.

    Later this year IQHQ will demonstrate the system to the US and French government in conjunction with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

    In future, this work could provide the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with more resilient, reliable, agile and more capable wireless communications technology.

    Neil Bourhill, Managing Director, IQHQ says: “IQHQ’s first ever contract was a CDE contract. From that seed-corn work the company has grown tremendously to now, where the company’s technical achievements are influencing MOD policy in the area of future wireless communications. CDE was a lifeline and a strategic platform for IQHQ, opening doors into cutting-edge research programmes under Dstl’s direction.”

    Founded in 2009 and based in Malvern, Worcestershire, IQHQ is an SME that develops state-of-the-art, military-grade radio technologies. It has a range of patents and inventions in key technologies such as very high-resilience receiver design, spectrum management and through-wall penetration.

    About CDE


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  8. Imperial College London were funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop 3D-printed physical representations of lower limb bones, including realistic internal structures, for use in assessing blast injuries.

    So far, individual 3D-printed lower limb nylon surrogates have been tested and found to fracture in a similar way to human bones. This could help improve research into assessing blast injury. Next steps for the project include the assessment of a wider range of materials for use in 3D printing, including composite materials, which may behave in an even more similar way to bone.

    This development has the potential to eliminate the need for ethically controversial human cadaver material, while providing a more realistic injury response than can be achieved with non-breakable surrogates.

    Dr Andrew Phillips, Imperial College London says:


    CDE funding has allowed us to rapidly develop a research-based idea towards a product that has clear application in the assessment and mitigation of blast injury.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  9. QinetiQ has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop its Java Augmented Reality and Virtual Stealth Technology (JARViST).

    JARViST provides a standards-compliant framework integrating wearable technology into simulations. It allows instructors to monitor how trainees are reacting to training. It supplies them with objective evidence to refine and deliver more efficient and effective training scenarios. It does this through making it easy to add new wearable technologies into simulation experiences and then to use the data from these devices to understand better how individuals and teams are responding to the training in real-time.

    Phase 2 of the JARViST framework proposes to work with academia to better understand the measurements and displays that can be employed to give feedback to trainees. The development of an ‘in-action review’ tool that allows the modification of training based on feedback from the wearable technology worn by trainees would also be explored.

    Charles Cranstoun, JARViST Project Manager, QinetiQ says:


    CDE funding has allowed the development of JARViST complementing a wide variety of simulation-based training research projects, allowing us to enhance our existing offerings to customers. The funded development is a foundation for wearable monitoring technologies to be easily incorporated into simulation data providing greater insight and control to simulation based training.

    QinetiQ is a British defence, science and technology organisation. Founded in 2001 it has its headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire and has approximately 9000 employees worldwide.

    About CDE


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  10. The University of Strathclyde is using Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to look at novel capabilities for communicating radar from sensing platforms, which could reduce power and frequency requirements.

    It has developed and demonstrated a fractional Fourier order division multiplexing framework for communicating radar systems. The communication and the radar performance have been evaluated on both simulated and real data and a benchtop demonstrator has been developed to validate the concept.

    Planned next steps will be to develop a real-time working demonstrator, and integrate higher-level communication standards to enhance the data rate of the communication link.

    Dr Carmine Clemente of the University of Strathclyde said:


    The support from CDE allowed us to demonstrate the capabilities of the innovation we’ve developed.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  11. The University of Birmingham was funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to build a proof-of-concept radar system for use on high-altitude platforms, which can detect slow-moving targets in dense foliage.

    The system, known as SIMITAR, is a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) towed radar array. This creates a long virtual array while reducing the number of physical elements required. This allows for use on a wide range of manned and unmanned air platforms, optimises moving target indicator performance and computational efficiency, while maintaining synthetic aperture radar capability.

    Initial work has shown that SIMITAR is not only feasible and operable from a platform as light as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS), but competitive in terms of its performance too. Studies have revealed that the system can detect very slow-moving targets (~1 m/s), in dense foliage, and at stand-offs of up to tens of kilometres. A technology demonstrator has also been built to put the system to the test.

    Dr Mike Antoniou, Lecturer in Radar Sensors and Systems, University of Birmingham says:


    The funding and support we got from CDE has allowed taking our research to the next level.

    The University of Birmingham was first founded in 1900 as England’s first civic University. It comprises more than 6,500 staff and has students in excess of 28,000.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  12. Roke has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) for a project to allow communications from a high-altitude unmanned air system (UAS) to be transmitted via a standard 4G data-card from the UAS to commercial base stations.

    Due to the extreme height of high altitude, long endurance (HALE) aircraft this concept wouldn’t normally work. Commercial base station antenna beams point horizontally, rather than being directed skywards, to give maximum coverage to ground-based phone users.

    Roke’s demonstrator system will demonstrate the principle of automatic base station location and beamforming. While an applique coupled to a standard 4G phone will enable the system to connect to base stations much further away than normal.

    This capability could be used for HALE aircraft or those with very low size, weight and power requirements.

    Roke, based near Romsey, was founded in 1956 and currently employs around 350 people. The company provides research, development and consultancy services in cyber, communications, information systems and electronic sensors across the defence, security and commercial domains.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

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  13. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Glyndŵr Innovations has developed an ultra-lightweight optical system for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for aerial ground imaging applications where weight is critical.

    A complete working demonstrator has been developed and built, weighing less than 1 kg excluding sensor, and sample images have been taken. The images show that the principles of the design are sound and provide a good basis for further development. The low weight of the system, when used on a UAV, will allow the aircraft to remain airborne for longer periods.

    Next steps for Glyndŵr Innovations include developing the design, reducing the mass and space even further and making the system adaptable for a wider range of imaging uses.

    Richard Hazelwood, Sales Executive, Glyndŵr Innovations says:


    The involvement with CDE and the ‘persistent surveillance from the air’ project has enabled us to take an idea we had and develop a fully functional lightweight optical system. This has developed considerable interest from a number of potential customers who were looking for just this capability.

    Glyndŵr Innovations is based in North Wales and is part of Glyndwr University. The company designs and builds optical support systems. The Glyndŵr Innovations team has core skills in optics, opto-mechanical systems and systems involving precision actuation and is supported by metrology and engineering teams based on site. The team has successfully completed projects for many sectors including space science, aerospace, astronomy and medical.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  14. Plextek has tested a way to locate radio-frequency (RF) emissions with a high degree of accuracy.

    With Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, the company has developed an algorithm to analyse compressed RF samples from multiple antennas. This will determine the frequency and bearing of an RF emitter.

    The algorithm doesn’t rely on knowledge of the signal to be detected, instead it looks for the presence of energy at a particular frequency within a time window. It can then report the angle of arrival at a much better rate than the frequency required by conventional receiver architectures. It can therefore maximise the likelihood of detecting previously unknown threats.

    As part of the testing, real-world emitter data was captured covering a variety of RF emitter sources. These included cellular (2G, 3G) and radar (pulsed Air Traffic Control and frequency-modulated continuous-wave ground surveillance).

    Plextek seeks to build on the knowledge gained from this project to develop a lightweight, modular capable demonstrator, which has the potential to capture real-time RF emitter sources.

    Plextek intends to couple the demonstrator with a narrow-band receiver to replicate a possible usage configuration for more detailed analysis.

    Peter Doig, Plextek Business Development Consultant said:


    We’re pleased to have continued our successful relationship with CDE, securing 6 projects across 4 themed competitions in 2015. This has led to Plextek’s wider collaboration within Dstl and MOD, the UK Defence Solutions Centre, and across the defence supply chain.

    Plextek, based in Great Chesterford, has been at the forefront of business and product innovation since 1989 and currently employs 70 staff.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  15. BMT Defence Services received funding through the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop a solution to record, review and act on training data in real time and in after-action review.

    Training data is created by individuals and teams and there are an ever-growing number of data sources and various formats. BMT Defence Services’ technology solution pulls together several new open-learning technologies to enable a trainee’s learning data to be captured in real-time when interacting with military training media.

    Standardised data is then played back (in action and after action) to the instructor. The instructor will be able to provide feedback and adjust training objectives for the trainee. This is a closed training loop.

    The use of an Experience API (open standard) and a LRS (Learning Record Store) overcomes many of the limitations of current learning standard (‘SCORM’ - Sharable Content Object Reference Model).

    Next, BMT Defence Services plan to expand the capability from supporting trainers to both trainers and trainees, and to use gamification technology to provide an engaging learning platform. They would also like to increase the level of automation (ie use of machine learning) within the solution to lessen the trainer’s workload.

    The future aim is a ‘military career portal’ to support the career journey of individuals (for instructors and trainees) throughout their military career and beyond.

    Simon Luck, Department Head of Information Systems, BMT Defence Services says:


    CDE funding has provided us with the opportunity to perform R&D activities that have enabled us to diversify and expand our capability offerings.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  16. Close Air Solutions, an SME based in Bristol, has demonstrated an innovative method to train UK joint fires soldiers using simulation software combined with augmented-reality headsets and advanced head-tracking techniques.

    The project, funded through the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), projected synthetic entities into a soldier’s field of view so that their perception of reality becomes blurred. The soldier is able to train in a live environment with virtual objects such as aircraft, enemy personnel and vehicles.

    Close Air Solutions demonstrated the technology with military users on the Salisbury Plain training area, receiving positive feedback.

    In the future, this technology could reduce the amount of live flying hours required to support this type of training. Training could be more comprehensive and effective without the safety and resource constraints of doing it all in a fully live environment.

    Mike Squires, Business Director, Close Air Solutions says:


    The funding and support we have received from CDE has helped us develop industry-leading technology that has enormous potential to save money and increase the effectiveness of the British armed forces.

    Close Air Solutions was founded in 2012 and has 6 employees.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  17. Inzpire Ltd received funding through the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop the concept of ‘GHOST’ - Graphically Hosted Objective Solution for Training. GHOST is an artificial representation of any individual, which interacts with other GHOSTs, live players, and both live and synthetic training environments.

    An GHOST actively demonstrates the individual’s expected performance, because it contains all of their experiences, skills and how current these are, plus it ‘knows’ the correct doctrine. It also records the actual live performance of the individual.

    In both real time and after an event, GHOST contrasts what an individual is doing against what’s defined as ‘good’, immediately helping those delivering training, and improving the individual’s learning after the event. Aggregating GHOSTs across a military force could provide objective evidence for when to intervene with further training or help with other decision making.

    Inzpire has tested the concept in a commercial-off-the-shelf synthetic training environment and will soon demonstrate the capability to stakeholders.

    Bob Chevli, Head of Synthetic Training, Inzpire, says:


    CDE funding has permitted the initial development of GHOST, this capability will over time radically improve individual, team and collective training.
    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  18. Minerva Simulation has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop low-cost, immersive and realistic Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) simulation training.

    As part of this project Minerva developed the Thunderbird Tactical Part Task Trainer, which is designed to operate in a standard 4x4 double-cab vehicle, to mimic in a virtual environment the challenges of operating a real vehicle while fighting opposing forces.

    Planned next steps will focus on improving the immersive experience of operating Thunderbird for the vehicle crew. This includes ‘motion haptics’ linked to the virtual weapon systems, so that when a virtual round is fired a recoil effect is felt within the real vehicle.

    Thunderbird has the potential to transform reservist training, by offering AFV simulation training alongside the challenges of operating a real vehicle. Also, removing costs associated with live AFV training but offering a more real experience compared to simulation-only training.

    Oliver Parker, Managing Director, Minerva Simulation, says:


    Participating in a CDE competition has given Minerva a platform to showcase both what we as a company, and Thunderbird as a concept can do.

    Formed in 2013 Minerva Simulation is a small organisation based in Malvern.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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  19. With Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Plextek has developed a new augmented-reality training system to allow agile training for explosive ordinance (EO) search, either by teams or by individuals.

    The system can be added to any search tool and requires a minimal infrastructure of marker cones spread around the perimeter of the training area.

    The system opens up new possibilities for EO search training, such as the ability to record quantitative data to show that user training has been successful or to rapidly simulate different training scenarios.

    Plextek has produced a concept demonstrator for accurate real-time tracking, where the data can be processed and displayed graphically in a training app on a ruggedized tablet. It shows in real-time the quality of EO search metrics (such as ground coverage, speed) while allowing virtual target positions and characteristics to be simulated.

    The real-time information and the ability to vary augmented virtual targets at the touch of a button opens up many possibilities. The system is able to change target type, such as the size or metal content, and soil type dynamically during an active training mission allowing for representation of different operational scenarios.

    Plextek is now working with a supplier of EO search tools and a global provider of EO search training, both based in the UK, to develop a demonstrator to show to clients in the UK and internationally.

    Peter Doig, Plextek Business Development Consultant said:


    We’re pleased to have continued our successful relationship with CDE, securing 6 projects across 4 themed competitions in 2015. This has led to Plextek’s wider collaboration within Dstl and MOD, the UK Defence Solutions Centre, and across the defence supply chain.

    Plextek , based in Great Chesterford, has been at the forefront of business and product innovation since 1989 and currently employs 70 staff.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

    Alternative number +44 (0)30 67704237


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  20. Plextek has used Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to create a virtual-reality skills assessment system to identify candidate training needs to help reduce the training burden in terms of cost and equipment.

    Plextek has created a skills assessment to help identify a range of cognitive skills that military personnel require for their jobs.

    The results will show the strengths and weaknesses of an individual in areas of multi-tasking, time challenge, spatial awareness, navigation, and recall-ability. It will also compare them to their peers.

    A series of virtual-reality challenges and skill tests can then be produced, providing the trainees with the same cognitive workload as real-world activities.

    Plextek is now looking to extend the skills tests to apply to a wide range of military and civil-service roles. It intends to partner with behavioural scientists whose expertise can provide proven cognitive testing methodologies.

    Plextek also plans to run trials over a large user base of approximately 200 trainees to demonstrate that the system is fit for purpose.

    Peter Doig, Plextek Business Development Consultant said:


    We’re pleased to have continued our successful relationship with CDE, securing 6 projects across 4 themed competitions in 2015. This has led to Plextek’s wider collaboration within Dstl and MOD, the UK Defence Solutions Centre, and across the defence supply chain.

    Plextek , based in Great Chesterford, has been at the forefront of business and product innovation since 1989 and currently employs 70 staff.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

    Alternative number +44 (0)30 67704237


    Please email for the quickest response.

    Continue reading...
     

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