September 27, 2005, 5:00 p.m. EST

Team from Advanced science and Automation Corp. receives best paper award 'applications' at the ASME/DETC 25th Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Conference for paper entitled "Virtual Training Environment for a 3-Axis Milling Machine."

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Long Beach, CA- A team of researchers from Advanced Science and Automaton Corp. (ASA www.ascience.com) along with collaborators from the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Laboratory (AEML) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) reveived best paper award 'Applications' at the 25th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference which is part of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. The paper is entitled "Virtual Training Environment for a 3-Axis Milling Machine." The authors of the paper are: Tamer Wasfy, Ayman Wasfy, Hazim El-Mounayri, and Daniel Aw. The paper describes Phase I of the development of the AVML (Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Lab) software system, which consists of a virtual training environment for a 3-axis CNC milling machine. The key elements of the environment are: (a) textured 3D photo-realistic virtual models of the machines and lab; (b) machine simulator for the machines' controls and moving parts; (c) semi-empirical model of the machining operation; (d) hierarchical knowledge-base for process training; (e) unstructured knowledge-base for lecture delivery; (f) natural-language human-like intelligent virtual tutors.

Applications of the AVML include: training students to operate manufacturing machines in a safe environment, allowing students and researchers to view and interact with highly accurate physical simulation of manufacturing machines, and optimization of the manufacturing process plan by testing various plans on the virtual machine before actual machining. The virtual training environment will significantly reduce the cost and increase the accessibility and safety of advanced manufacturing training.

The AVML project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF www.nsf.gov) and Indiana 21st century Research and technology fund (www.21fund.org) under an STTR grant.

Also, in the same conference the AVML system was demonstrated in the CIE conference Showcase to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the CIE Division and the 125th anniversary of the ASME. The demonstration was entitled "Applications of Virtual Environments in Engineering Analysis and Training."

About the AEML:

The AEML at IUPUI was established in 1998 to facilitate teaching and conduct advanced research in the areas of CAD/CAM, CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), IPS (Interactive Product Simulation), and PDM (Product Data Management).

About Advanced Science and Automation, Corp.:

Advanced Science and Automation Corporation mission is to provide state-of-the-art simulation and virtual-reality solutions for our customers. Products include IVRESS, IVRESS/CFD, and LEA the most powerful object-oriented scene-graph based virtual-reality software tools for immersive visualization on the market, as well as DIS/CFD, DIS/Belt, and DIS/Tire time- accurate, explicit finite element solvers. For more information, please visit www.ascience.com.

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