Professor Saeid Nahavandi

Research Leader

Deakin University

Deakin University’s Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) is a ground-breaking strategic research centre based on the Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong.  It is headed up by Professor Saeid Nahavandi, a familiar figure to watchers of ABC TV.

Professor Nahavandi most recently appeared on the ABC Catalyst program that featured CISR’s Universal Motion Simulator (UMS). This is the “next generation” of flight simulators.

“No other simulator can provide the full experience of flying a military jet with all the gut wrenching G-forces while only seven metres off the ground,” said Professor Nahavandi.

“What sets the UMS apart from standard simulators is the integration of haptics technology, which provides a sense of touch and feel to virtual or remote objects, and its ability move at high speed and in any direction.”

“While suited for training pilots, the UMS is also the perfect platform for simulating land based vehicles including tanks and other armoured vehicles, trucks, race cars and motorbikes. Its training capabilities are endless.”

The availability of this sort of technology helps the CRN fulfil its goal of being a leader in Regional Science and Technology Innovation.