DARPA looking for gamers to test simulator

With the ever increasing risk of a submarine attack, the US government is working on a simulation software to help track enemy submarines during submarine warfare. They are looking for gamers to help test the software by integrating it with a game, called Dangerous Waters, created by Sonalysts Combat Simulations. The game is available to download free online. 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is behind the project, which carries the name Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, but the name is being shortened to ACTUV. Before you play ACTUV the government wants to be sure you are serious by asking: Can you come up with a way to track elusive submarines that has never been thought up before? Can you outsmart an enemy submarine commander and keep him from escaping into the deep? If you are up for the challenge when you finish a mission it will ask if you would like to submit your data for analysis. If you do choose to submit your data it will be sent to a database with no personally identifiable information. 

Once the software has been sufficiently tested InformationWeek was told that the Navy will be adding the software into its growing Anti-Submarine Warfare toolkit. The military is continually looking to software simulation and virtual training to help prepare soldiers for real world battle conditions. The simulations offer experiences that they would not be able to get with real world training but it does disconnect them from the consequences of real world mistakes. 

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The have made some great detailed games. I used to play Jane's 688(i) Hunter/Killer back in the day. The graphics were nothing to write home about, but as a submarine simulator it was great.

As I recall Sonalysts were the geniuses behind the superb sonar modelling in Harpoon 2 back in the day, and its modelling won a Navy award for being the best simulation for sonar that wasn't classified. If they bring that kind of expertise to a modern sim like this it will be scary good.

Would it not be better for you to play as the enemy and attempt to get it, they keep tweaking their AI to counter each movement, and the end result is then applied to their actual devices? That's how I handle AI for things I write generally, progressive learning...

Everytime I see the word DARPA, all that comes to mind is Metal Gear Solid, DARPA chief Donald Anderson! Ah, the good old days of Metal Gear Solid!

Zoom7000 said,
Everytime I see the word DARPA, all that comes to mind is Metal Gear Solid, DARPA chief Donald Anderson! Ah, the good old days of Metal Gear Solid!

LOL -Oh yea, I knew I could remember that word from somewhere!!

Seems a bit weird getting gamers to test this stuff, gamers dont act like real people, having no fear of death because there are no consequences of failure, they'll act differently than real people in real situations.

Benjy91 said,
Seems a bit weird getting gamers to test this stuff, gamers dont act like real people, having no fear of death because there are no consequences of failure, they'll act differently than real people in real situations.

I believe its the unique tactics we would take because of this that they are interested in. Kamikaze is hard to predict

Benjy91 said,
Seems a bit weird getting gamers to test this stuff, gamers dont act like real people, having no fear of death because there are no consequences of failure, they'll act differently than real people in real situations.

Sounds like modern terrorists.

Shaun. said,
I'm guessing its for Windows only?

I'm downloading it now, it's a zip file. Hopefully they have a Linux/OSX executable in there. I'll let you know is I find a dmg file or something for Linux.

CoMMo said,

I'm downloading it now, it's a zip file. Hopefully they have a Linux/OSX executable in there. I'll let you know is I find a dmg file or something for Linux.

cheers bud

Shaun. said,
I'm guessing its for Windows only?

It's Windows only. The zip file contains 1 exe file and 1 msi file. Oh well, I'm on paid leave and the baby is asleep, I could have given them several hours of valuable data.