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An investigation of sensory and behavioural fidelity in gaming technologies to support enhanced perception of intent of insurgents

Blyth, Mark Ernest William (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The thesis was originally sponsored by HS-C (QinetiQ) to conduct research towards understanding insurgents "perception of intent" using different levels of fidelity. The phrase "perception of intent", while well-known in military circles, becomes difficult to define in a manner that allows to be tested experimentally.

The thesis therefore places focus on the ways in which observers (naïve and expert) explain what is happening in a scenario through detection of context-relevant features which have been designed into the scenario. The scenarios which are hypothesised and reflect no know real-world events are created using different fidelities achieved in NetLogo and VBS2. This is supported and complemented by understanding from SMEs knowledge, organisational visits, literature and the measurements of experiments. The analysis of experiment results focused on the three areas fidelity, provision of information and experts and included both statistical and text analyses. The findings thorough different measurement either returned a significant effects or non-effect creating mixture of results. Therefore fidelity, provision of information and experts have an observers perception but to exactly point which one area was too difficult suggesting that further research would be beneficial.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s): Baber, Christopher
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Subjects:TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:4015
Refereed:YES
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