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TRAC Monterey Holds Open House, Seeks Partnership Opportunities
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich

TRAC Monterey Holds Open House, Seeks Partnership Opportunities

By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

NPS students, faculty and staff explore current and future research capabilities at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Center Monterey, known as TRAC Monterey, during the organization’s open house in Watkins Hall, Nov. 2. TRAC Monterey’s mission is to serve as the principal research activity for TRADOC, performing exploratory and applied research in three broad areas – advancements in modeling and simulation, advancements in analysis techniques and methodologies, and future systems applied research.

“Today is about introducing new students and new faculty into our projects. We do have funding a lot of the time, and we could fund faculty with our efforts. We try to focus on efforts that assist TRAC as a whole,” explained Combat Analyst U.S. Army Maj. Jarrod Shingleton.

Current research projects at TRAC Monterey include Army cyber anomaly detection, data mining, shared data analytic environments, and aerial routing.

“My Army cyber project is on how we visualize the data events that cyber is bringing in when there are 100 million events,” said Shingleton. “Big data manipulation is something that we could bring back into TRAC as a whole for many other uses.”

Shingleton says TRAC Monterey often works with NPS faculty and students, providing input on current issues that the service is looking to solve. This also provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the field of work they will be matriculating into after graduation.

“This work gives them a chance to see what they will be getting into in their follow-on assignments, and see the end results of those complex projects,” noted Shingleton.

Director of TRAC Monterey U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Teter noted that many of the staff at the organization are very familiar with NPS, as several are graduates of the university. He also emphasized the variety of ways TRAC Monterey staff can assist with NPS research efforts.

“[TRAC Monterey staff] can act as second readers on thesis works, they are an excellent resource for students, and for faculty as well who are thesis advisors but may not have recent coding experience,” said Teter. “We also have interesting problems to work on, and being an Army unit as a tenant of NPS means we have access to certain data sets.”

Ultimately, Teter said, the event is about ensuring the NPS community is aware of the resources available to them, so the long history of collaborative work between NPS and TRAC Monterey can continue.
 

“Today, we are demonstrating the work and research we have been doing here over the last year, but also looking forward to the research that we will be doing over the next, much of which has been done by faculty or students at NPS,” said Teter. “Don’t forget that the TRADOC Analysis Center is here ... We have been a part of the community since 1979, and there are a lot of new faculty who might not know who we are so we wanted to invite the campus through.”


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