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.
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.