SIMmersion's mission is to train communication skills faster and more effectively by combining the world's most realistic simulated experiences with highly interactive training content and extensive user feedback.

General History

The Beginning

While working for JHU/APL in 1997, Dr. Dale Olsen developed the patented simulation technology PeopleSIM. His first simulation was designed to teach the detection of deception during criminal investigative interviews by talking to the character, Mike Simmen.

In 1998, Dr. Olsen delivered this technology to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to train new field agents. In turn, the FBI distributed the Mike Simmen simulation to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In recognition of his successes in the law enforcement community, he was appointed Director, Program Development for Law Enforcement at JHU/APL.

The Company

There was an immediate demand for more training systems, leading Dr. Olsen to found SIMmersion in October 2002 and obtain an exclusive license from JHU/APL for the PeopleSIM technology.

Since that time, we have contracted directly with government sponsors and have been awarded several new contracts with the FBI, as well as the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Forces Command, the intelligence community, and various institutes at the National Institutes of Health, including NIAAA, NIMH, and NIDA.

Our history also includes a number of rewarding collaborations with other varied partners in the government and private sectors.

General History

The Beginning

SIMmersion is a spinout of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).

While working for JHU/APL in 1997, Dr. Dale Olsen developed the patented simulation technology PeopleSIM. His first simulation was designed to teach the detection of deception during criminal investigative interviews by talking to the character, Mike Simmen.

In 1998, Dr. Olsen delivered this technology to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to train new field agents. In turn, the FBI distributed the Mike Simmen simulation to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In recognition of his successes in the law enforcement community, he was appointed Director, Program Development for Law Enforcement at JHU/APL.

The Company

There was an immediate demand for more training systems, leading Dr. Olsen to found SIMmersion in October 2002 and obtain an exclusive license from JHU/APL for the PeopleSIM technology.

Since that time, we have contracted directly with government sponsors and have been awarded several new contracts with the FBI, as well as the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Forces Command, the intelligence community, and various institutes at the National Institutes of Health, including NIAAA, NIMH, and NIDA.

Our history also includes a number of rewarding collaborations with other varied partners in the government and private sectors.

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Our President

Dr. Dale Olsen
Founder, President & CEO
443-283-2504

At SIMmersion

Dr. Olsen leads the business development team as well as our team of training system developers. He oversees improvements to the capabilities of our simulations. He has personally authored eight training systems, including the award-winning serious game HIITS.

Career Highlights

Dr. Olsen began his professional career as a research engineer and programmer for The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. Prior to founding SIMmersion, Dr.Olsen worked at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), where he was also on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering for twenty-eight years.

Achievements at JHU/APL

Dr. Olsen began his career at JHU/APL by developing a series of methodologies for evaluating reliability and accuracy of submarine-launched ballistic missiles and overseeing their implementation into software. These new methodologies made it possible to combine and analyze the post-flight missile data supplied by massive Kalman filters, providing the first detailed understanding of the error sources causing the inaccuracies of the Trident missile weapon system.

Dr. Olsen also patented an algorithm he developed that automatically detected epileptic seizures using electroencephalograph (EEG) data. This research led to the development of algorithms for evaluating polygraph data and a software system called PolyScore™. The PolyScore™ software was successfully commercialized and is used worldwide to provide objective analysis of polygraph charts. His work in polygraph data analysis and his interest in instruction led him to create his first communication training system for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Accolades

Over his career, Dr. Olsen has been awarded six U.S. and international patents, has served as the principal investigator for ten research projects, has published over seventeen peer reviewed papers, has been a reviewer for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant proposals, and has presented numerous papers at statistical, polygraph, and training conferences.

He has been a member of the American Statistical Association, The Biometric Society, and the American Polygraph Association. He received the John E. Reid Memorial Award for Distinguished Achievement in Polygraph Research, Teaching and Writing in 1994.

Education and Personal

A native of Chico, California, Dr. Olsen earned a B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Chico in 1965, a M.A. in Statistics from Oregon State University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Oregon State University in 1973. He resides in Columbia, MD, and is married with two daughters and two grandsons.

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Business Development Team

Tom Beato
Senior Vice President, Business Development
443-283-2580

Customized Solutions to Fit All of Your Needs

In addition to building complete training software, we can also embed our patented conversational engine in 3-D games and other virtual reality applications. Our software can be used as an intelligent tutor or assessment tool. We have the capacity to create e-learning materials, simulations, and videos to be embedded into existing training programs.

We have established many relationships with research institutions and businesses, and are always open to new opportunities to partner.

Contact us to find out about purchasing an off-the-shelf product, developing a custom training system to give you a competitive advantage, or starting a partnership.

Ben Allen-Kingsland
Senior Marketing Executive
443-283-2563
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