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407 How Can AI Help Instructional Designers Create Better Training Simulations?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, April 20

Tracks: AR & VR

The potential of extended reality (XR) to transform learning is blocked from being realized by several factors, including the time and cost required for content creation. Unlike game engines, content authoring tools enable instructional designers to create immersive and interactive training simulations rapidly. However, most authoring tools do not leverage recent advances in AI/ML to support the creation of “intelligent” experiences that simulate expert-instructor-led training. Examples include speaking with a patient, customer, or instructor, being guided on the shop floor in context, etc. It has been very challenging to do this successfully, but it is now possible.

This session will highlight AI technologies such as conversational AI and vision that are crucial for simulating human interactions. You will also learn how authoring tools can reduce the threshold of AI/ML skills required and thereby significantly raise the “intelligence” embedded in training simulations. You will also learn how to enable instructional designers to include “multimodal experts” (voice and vision) within their simulation, thereby reducing the demand for expert workers. We will also explore exemplary simulations recently made available by industry and academia in healthcare, manufacturing, and higher education domains to present a general and balanced overview. For example, a developer can focus on creating 3-D simulations for a new hire training. At the same time, the AI/ML can be applied to enhance the authored content with deeper neural networks, providing more context enabling next-generation learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How authoring tools can be extended to reduce the threshold of AI/ML skills required and thereby significantly raise the “intelligence” embedded in training simulations
  • How to enable instructional designers to include “multimodal experts” (voice and vision) within their simulation, and thereby reduce the demand on expert workers
  • How to enable authors to specify the content and interaction at a very high level, while leaving the detailed work to the software modules
  • How to enable instructional designers to author dialogue scripts for soft skills training

Technology discussed:

VR, AR, natural language processing, computer vision

Rajesh Jha

Founder

SimInsights

Rajesh Jha is the founder/CEO of SimInsights, a California company applying AI/XR technologies to develop software for no-code authoring of immersive digital twins so that everyone can capture and share multimodal contextual knowledge. SimInsights is currently helping manufacturing, healthcare, and higher-education sectors benefit from AI/XR at significantly greater agility, lower cost, and reduced risk. Prior to SimInsights, Rajesh worked at Altair headquarters in Michigan and California as program manager for 3-D software for simulation, visualization, and optimization. He holds a BSME from IIT Varanasi, MSME from Ohio State, and MBA from UCLA.