DARPA asks gamers to test submarine-tracking simulator

By on April 7, 2011, 6:00 AM
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of new military technology, wants gamers to test its submarine-tracking simulator. If you think you can best an enemy submarine commander so he can't escape into the ocean depths, you're invited to put yourself into the virtual driver's seat of one of several Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) configurations.

DARPA's ACTUV program is developing a new tool for the Navy's ASW toolkit, but before autonomous software is developed for ACTUV's computers, DARPA needs to determine what approaches and methods are most effective. To gather information from a broad spectrum of users, ACTUV has been integrated into a game called Dangerous Waters. DARPA is offering this new ACTUV Tactics Simulator as a free download over at actuv.darpa.mil.

The software was written to simulate actual evasion techniques used by submarines, challenging each player to track them successfully. As you'd expect, your tracking vessel is not the only ship at sea, so you'll need to safely navigate among commercial shipping traffic as you attempt to track the submarine. You will earn points as you complete mission objectives, and will be able to check how you rank against against other gamers on DARPA's leaderboard.

As you complete each scenario in the simulation, you can submit your tracking tactics to DARPA for analysis. DARPA says it will select the best tactics and build them into the ACTUV prototype.




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stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

Sounds like fun! Or it could get boring... gah can't make up my mind, I'll just have to try it.

mrtraver said:

this is so awesome that they are doing this, whether or not it is fun for gamers!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Gotta give this a shot...

Guest said:

The DARPA chief died on shadow moses island.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Now this is my kind of beta testing. I wonder if they need help with any of their other military projects.

Guest said:

Cheap solution if you dont want to pay analyst or engineers etc.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Cheap solution if you dont want to pay analyst or engineers etc.

That and analysts can only dream up of so many solutions. The more people you have attempting to provide a successful solution for a particular pattern, the better the algorithm hopefully will be. And what better way than to provide competitive people a chance to vie for a leader board position.

Lurker101 said:

Kinda gets you thinking about Toys with Robin Williams

Guest said:

when is Metal Gear Rex going to be released DARPA? I'll gladly test play it for you :D

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Downloaded this simulator, played around with it a little. Got lost all the time, tricky controlling, no guns blazing... no depth controls for the submarine. Or was there?

As a game, nah... I rather play Bulletstorm. But as a simulator, it's probably the best simulator I've seen.

Guest said:

DARPA needs a mirror, I'm downloading at 20KB/s

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The DARPA chief died on shadow moses island.

That's the first thing i thought when i saw this thread.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Downloaded this simulator, played around with it a little. Got lost all the time, tricky controlling, no guns blazing... no depth controls for the submarine. Or was there?

As a game, nah... I rather play Bulletstorm. But as a simulator, it's probably the best simulator I've seen.

The zip for this is only 323MB. I'm thinking that the scenery data files are a fairly redundant call.

Is it as good as the M$ Flight simulators?

DARPA needs a mirror, I'm downloading at 20KB/s

It came down "full blast" for me @ a thundering 124KBs. Although it does seem a bit facetious calling anything about my 1 meg DSL connection, "full blast".

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

captaincranky said:

Is it as good as the M$ Flight simulators?

Haha, no even those are more exiting - sure says a lot come to think of it. The developers sure *tried* putting some excitement into the game.

Enemy Submarine! Class Alpha Foxtrot BBQ! Origin: Unknown! (=Russia). Geez.

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