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The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 64,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. Central Florida is designated by the state as the National Center for modeling and simulation. The National Center for Simulation, is headquartered in the Central Florida Research Park, at UCF’s Vicinity. The Central Florida Research Park is home to the world’s largest cluster for computer simulation and modeling with more than 6 Billion dollars of economic activity. NCS is part of the “Team Orlando” partnership between military organizations, the modeling and simulation industry, and academic institutions working together to leverage resources and contribute to the overall security of the United States. UCF’s Research Park also houses the Institute for Simulation and Training, an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing human-centered modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulation’s role in training and education. UCF has established an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), housed in the College of Sciences. The Center is funded by a grant from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The IC CAE’s main goal is to prepare students, by enhancing critical skills and knowledge deemed essential by the intelligence community, for careers in national security and intelligence.
The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) is an institute of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, focused on training and simulation related research. IST is one of the nation’s leading research centers for simulation, training, modeling, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. IST is a focal point for research in simulation technology for many groups in the Orlando community and beyond.