Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Integration of human cognitive systems with visualization, modelling and simulation.

Areas of expertise

The objective of the VSIM Centre is to advance fundamental and applied knowledge through interdisciplinary research that integrates human cognitive systems with leading-edge visualization, modelling and simulation. Applications areas include the development and integration of new technologies for advancing human-in-the-loop systems and virtual training within the aerospace, transportation and education sectors.

Research services

Human factors and cognitive engineering, Simulation, Behavioural modelling, Immersive media, Visualization, Systems and computer engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Transportation
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Advanced Cognitive Engineering LabImmersive simulatorsIts mission is to discover fundamental principles of human perception and cognition and to apply these principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems
Cognitive Modelling Lab It supports the efforts of those involved in cognitive modelling, including building cognitive models, building systems for creating cognitive models, developing better systems for testing cognitive models, doing the research to verify cognitive models, finding real-world applications for cognitive models and promoting the use of cognitive models
Applied Dynamics LabMotion platform, motion captureThis lab combines a focus on mathematical modelling and simulation with core strengths in the areas of multi-body dynamics, vehicle dynamics and shipboard helicopter operation to perform leading-edge theoretical and applied research in these areas
Carleton Immersive Media StudioImmersive environments, 3-D modelling and rendering systemsThe VSIM architecture team examines and uses emerging digital and network technologies for the creation and dissemination of cultural content informed by architecture. The team maintains productive research partnerships with industry and government in developing digital and hybrid applications for the documentation and representation of architectural heritage, remote collaborative research and training environments and new media tool customization and development.
Science of Imagination Lab Instantiated models of how people create things in their visual imaginations using a combination of experimental and computational methods
Mathematical Cognition Lab Empirical research and modelling of cognitive processes involved in real-world tasks such as mathematics
Speech Perception LabAudio labsInvestigation and modelling of phonetic and prosodic factors underlying the perception of spoken language
Advanced Real-Time Simulation (ARS) LabComputer cluster, visualization systemInvestigation of automatic generation of executable models derived from systems specifications. This research is based on the Discrete EVent System specification (DEVS) formalism and integrates the simulation results obtained with powerful 3-D visualization facilities.
  • CAE Inc. (Montréal)
  • CAE Professional Services (Ottawa)
  • NGRAIN Inc. (Vancouver)
  • CMLabs Inc. (Montréal)
  • DriveABLE Assessment Centres Inc. (Alberta)
  • General Dynamics Canada
  • IBM Canada (Ottawa)
  • Mental Images (Toronto)
  • Presagis Canada Inc. (Montréal)
  • Sander Geophysics (Ottawa)
  • ShapeQuest Inc. (Toronto)
  • Department of National Defence
  • Esterline CMC Electronics
  • Transport Canada
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Communications Research Centre
  • National Research Council