Uses for virtual worlds in story telling for non-proliferation topics

December 11, 2022
Note: This event occurred on January 30, 2020.

Speaker: Dr. James Palmer, Nuclear Treaty Verification Research, AWE, UK

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A well-crafted story is a very efficient way to share and spread information. Modern capabilities present a huge array of choices for storytelling, from the traditional face to face verbal form through to use of immersive virtual reality experiences. In this seminar Dr James Palmer uses examples of his work in the Nuclear Treaty Verification/Arms Control Verification Research teams (Atomic Weapons Establishment, UK) to illustrate how 3D visualisation techniques can be used in telling stories on non-proliferation topics.

Since 2015 Dr Palmer has been building and using 3D worlds. He presents three case studies from his work and discusses the motivation for the work, the story being told, and the tools, techniques and data used in them.

The case studies are from work relating to:

  1. A remote and inaccessible site, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea’s nuclear test site,
  2. A remote but accessible site, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Integrated Field Exercise (Jordan, 2014), and
  3. A local and accessible site, the LETTERPRESS verification simulation at RAF Honington (UK).

Seminar presented by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies on January 30, 2020.

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