Well-ordered States and Wise Princes have taken every care not to drive the Nobles to desperation, and to keep the People satisfied and contented, for this is one of the most important objects a Prince can have
Macchiavelli, Principe XIX
IA-CGF Origins
    Simulation Team is an international framework involving Universities, Companies and Institutions working in strong cooperation; the activities related to IA-CGF are results of several contributions, therefore the use of Intelligent Agents for this application have some of their origins in researches carried out in DIPTEM (Prof.Bruzzone); in origins the intelligent agents was used to use behavioral models in process re-engineering in industrial and business cases such as impact of human factors in company strategies, ergonomic in complex conditions: company reorganization, off-shore platforms, crowd control, emergency management, etc. These researches was carried out in strong cooperation among DIPTEM, UAB, GRVA, MSC-LES, Riga TU on different application domains. In 2001, the Simulation Team research group presented a new research track for the development of new generation CGF to be used in Defense and Homeland Security; these IA was characterized by a well defined “intelligent” autonomous behavior, especially focused on human factors. As result of this activity that involved several researchers of the Simulation Team, in 2003 PIOVRA (Polyfunctional Intelligent Operative Virtual Reality Agents), the first large project funded by the European Defence Agency in this area, has been launched. Therefore since the beginning, the idea was to create intelligent agents, interoperating in federations and able to direct units or to process tasks based on their specific perception and situation awareness; as result, in 2007, PIOVRA interoperability within JMRM federation with JTLS by Rolands & Associates was been demonstrated in several events in North America and Europe.
    Simulation Team based on the success of PIOVRA project decided to develop a software solution, so MAST completed the development of RATS (Riots, Agitators, Terrorist Simulator); in fact this was the first result of the new generation IA-CGF: Intelligent Agents Computer Generated Forces. Today, several R&D activities on this subject have been developed and Simulation Team applied its IA-CGF as elements and frameworks for introducing human behavioral models in simulation. IA-CGF was demonstrated in 2010 together with US JFCOM and presented during ITEC in London: in that case, within three months from the real event, it was possible to create and simulate a complex mission environment related to Haiti Earthquake where the Port au Prince population (over 2 millions) was modeled and analyzed in term of human factor evolution and behavior respect the crisis and the coalition food distribution operations. The presentation confirmed the potential of bringing together many different simulators and tools, in that case JTLS, JCATS, IA-CGF, DI-Gui, VBS, Plexsys, etc, for supporting effective training. Now the research activities on this specific area are consolidated and focus on developing new IA-CGF modules as tiles to cover new areas over the wide spectrum of operations and scenarios that our forces are requested to face today. In fact currently Simulation Team is active in several projects sponsored by National and International Agencies, Institutions and Companies; some of them are unclassified, as CAPRICORN (CIMIC And Planning Research In Complex Operational Realistic Networks) an EDA project devoted to develop new CFG representing not only units, but also regions, villages, parties and groups, moving forward for extending the use of these models from training to operational planning. Another example of unclassified project is proposed by CGF-C4-IT, funded by the Italian MoD, where CGF are used in net-centric warfare for testing the capabilities of different C2 architectures, maturity models and communication technologies in urban operations.
IA-CGF Demonstration for Training in Humanitarian Support at ITEC2010
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