Automation of IED Threat Emplacement for Training Scenarios – Final Report


  1. Unrau, D.
  2. Zobarich, R.
  3. Levoir, C.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
In contemporary operations, asymmetric threats, especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are a leading cause of Canadian Forces casualties and injuries. Automation to support the development of better threat scenarios for training exercises would improve the Canadian Forces’ capability to prepare soldiers for future missions involving emerging threats. This report summarizes progress to date on the design of a software tool to automate the generation of plausible IED threat scenarios. The core components of the design are a knowledge processing engine and a geospatial processing engine. The knowledge processing engine will act on a database (ontology) of insurgent tactics to translate user-supplied constrains and training objectives into threat scenario characteristics. The geospatial processing engine will query map data to determine locations for scenario components, such as the device location and spotter locations. Initial technical prototyping has demonstrated the feasibility of this approach. An iterative operator-machine interface development process, cycling through design, prototyping and evaluation phases is suggested as the next step in development.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2011-134 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
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