he Microsoft Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), in coordination with the U.S. Military Academy, performed a multi-day data collection exercise to enhance and train the IVAS device Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) AI-powered environmental mapping and device positional-tracking technology March 18-22 and April 8-12 at Range 16.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – he Microsoft Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), in coordination with the U.S. Military Academy, performed a multi-day data collection exercise to enhance and train the IVAS device Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) AI-powered environmental mapping and device positional-tracking technology March 18-22 and April 8-12 at Range 16. (Photo Credit: Eric Bartelt) VIEW ORIGINAL
he Microsoft Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), in coordination with the U.S. Military Academy, performed a multi-day data collection exercise to enhance and train the IVAS device Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) AI-powered environmental mapping and device positional-tracking technology March 18-22 and April 8-12 at Range 16.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – he Microsoft Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), in coordination with the U.S. Military Academy, performed a multi-day data collection exercise to enhance and train the IVAS device Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) AI-powered environmental mapping and device positional-tracking technology March 18-22 and April 8-12 at Range 16. (Photo Credit: Eric Bartelt) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Microsoft Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), in coordination with the U.S. Military Academy, performed a multi-day data collection exercise to enhance and train the IVAS device Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) AI-powered environmental mapping and device positional-tracking technology March 18-22 and April 8-12 at Range 16.

IVAS integrates next generation situational awareness tools and high-resolution simulations to deliver a single platform that improves Soldier sensing, decision-making, target acquisition and target engagement.

The data collected from this exercise enhances the operational range and device capabilities when operating in the SiVT scenarios and environments. By capturing cadets performing Battle Drill 6 maneuvers on the Urban Assault Course, it increased the operational effectiveness and overall IVAS device capabilities with the captured data.

Microsoft captured hundreds of hours of raw sensor and video streams across a variety of devices enabling offline AI algorithmic training using the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Microsoft put IVAS devices in the hands of a squad of West Point cadets, pressed the record button and stepped back to capture the most realistic Soldier-body movements in the most realistic training environment possible.

With this data, Microsoft now runs a simulated IVAS device in the cloud, running through and playing back SiVT Battle Drill 6. While this data and capability is not a replacement for real-world testing, this significantly accelerates the speed of iteration for the devices advanced computer vision and environmental understanding algorithms as Microsoft can virtually execute IVAS SiVT many times, in the cloud, to train and validate the devices environmental understanding algorithms without the need for direct human involvement.

Cadets from the USMA Gray Club conducted multiple calibration and “Enter and Clear a Room” (BD6) scenarios to collect data to improve head and weapon tracking reliability with 21 iterations equaling 30 hours (5.4 Terabytes of data) collected. Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard watched a demonstration and said, “SiVT is outstanding technology and we would want one in the West Point Simulations Center. Cadets volunteered for experimentation efforts (and) their contributions (were big) in support of IVAS-SiVT across the Army.”