The Hunt for Red October: Citizen Science Edition

By April 8th, 2011 at 10:06 am | Comment

 ACTUV Tactics Simulator (Image: DARPA)

ACTUV Tactics Simulator (Image: DARPA)

Could you come up with a new way to track submarines? Could you outsmart a submarine commander?

If  you think you’re up to challenge, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could use your help! DARPA is inviting citizens to get in the virtual driver seat of a new video game: the Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Tactics Simulator.

The DARPA ACTUV project aims to develop the next generation of anti-submarine warfare software. But, first, researchers need to understand what approaches and methods are the most effective. You can provide that important data.

Just download the free software, and soon, you’ll be tracking enemy submarines and navigating among commercial submarine traffic. As you complete mission objectives, you will have the option to submit your tracking tactics to DARPA for analysis.

The game was written to simulate the evasion techniques used by actual submarines, challenging you to track them successfully. The best tactics will ultimately be incorporated into the software.

DARPA even let’s you see how you stack up against the competition. A discussion forum provides an opportunity for you to share your experiences and insights with other people who are playing the simulator.

Visit DARPA’s website to download the game and get all the details.

ACTUV Tactics Simulator (Image: DARPA)

ACTUV Tactics Simulator (Image: DARPA)

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