The aim of AUGGMED is to develop a serious game platform to enable multiagency training of end-users, from different organisations and background expertise, in responding to terrorist and organised crime threats.
The platform will automatically generate non-linear scenarios tailored to suit the needs of individual trainees with learning outcomes that will improve the acquisition of emotional management, analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. The game scenarios will include advanced simulations of operational environments, agents, telecommunications and threats, and will be delivered through immersive virtual reality and mixed-reality environments with multimodal interfaces. This will result in highly realistic interactive training scenarios that encourage security staff and first responders to engage and actively participate in the training process.
AUGGMED (Automated Serious Game Scenario Generator for Mixed Reality Training) will use a user-centred, component-based, service oriented methodology with a direct approach for prototype evaluation. AUGGMED is being developed by 14 partner organisations, including end-users, technical developers and academia.
As such, a service-oriented architecture, with component-based prototyping was chosen for its usefulness in projects where a large number of components are being developed across several organisations, as each component is defined in terms of the service it provides to other components. In addition, service-oriented architectures are proven to be of value as an architecture for systems that are distributed over the internet and over multiple platforms, such as in AUGGMED where a web-service based system, an App-based version and a PC based version are all required.
The system development will follow a three-stage prototyping and evaluation lifecycle. A direct approach will iteratively evaluate AUGGMED prototypes against each of the training scenarios defined in the project and based on user-requirements. The results of the evaluations will then regularly feed back into the development and refinement of the prototypes.
Overall, the AUGGMED project is underpinned by a strong User-Centred Design (UCD) philosophy that includes end-users in the ideation, prototyping, development, and evaluation phases of the project, in order to ensure the outcomes are as closely aligned with user-requirements as possible. Finally, each element of the project is subjected to a close and regular review from a Human Factors perspective and reviews against international standards such as ISO 9241, Ergonomics of Human-System Interaction (specifically, but not exclusively Part 210: Human-Centred Design for Interactive Systems).