Citing the need to bridge the gaps between gaming technology and high-end military simulation, Rockwell Collins and the University of Utah Entertainment, Arts and Engineering (EAE) Department have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement.

“This collaboration will focus on leveraging our combined research findings into improved image generation product offerings designed to bridge the actual and perceived capability gaps between IGs and serious games,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

Ridgeway said both the University of Utah and Rockwell Collins will benefit from the collaboration, which will also expose the college students to careers in simulation and training.

“Our research has identified gaps between current high-end military training requirements and the technology capabilities of multiple commercial game engines, and tasked University interns and Rockwell Collins engineers to work towards closing those gaps,” she said.

“Rockwell Collins is on the cutting edge of simulation, and EAE remains one of the top-ranked games programs in the nation,” said Mark van Langeveld, EAE co-founder and lecturer. “We see both groups benefiting greatly, and with our focus on having an impact on industry, the timing couldn’t be better. This partnership is a game changer and will have a national impact on games and sim research.”

Read the full press release at the Rockwell Collins website.