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SMST was established by the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2018 to formally recognize of the exceptional growth and success of the Institute for Simulation & Training (IST) and its Modeling and Simulation Graduate Program. Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge human-centered simulation research and execute a world-class transdisciplinary graduate program to create leaders in modeling, simulation, and training.
Founded in 1982, IST is an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary research institute within SMST that conducts basic and applied research in the art and science of modeling, simulation, and training. IST partners with public and private stakeholders to apply and develop simulations for diverse applications and actively supports the university`s modeling and simulation education initiative through SMST’s graduate program.