STOTTLER HENKE INTRODUCES
JAVA TECHNOLOGY-BASED SOFTWARE FOR VISUALLY SPECIFYING “SMART”
BEHAVIOR IN GAMES, SIMULATIONS, AND ADVISORY SYSTEMS
SimBionic for Java allows programmers and
non-programmers to quickly produce artificial intelligence (AI) for all Java
SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 5,
2004 – The first Java technology-based software tool kit that lets programmers
and non-programmers collaborate to easily define intelligent, real-time
monitoring and decision-making logic in Java technology applets and client-side or web
server-based games and applications was introduced
today by Stottler Henke Associates, Inc., a software development and consulting
firm based here. SimBionic™ for Java, which is available immediately from Stottler
Henke (www.stottlerhenke.com), enables
rapid authoring of intelligent behaviors
that enhance characters in computer games, emulate people and systems in
training simulations, assess student performance in intelligent tutoring
systems, and improve the effectiveness of customer assistance and
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Java technology environment has taken a giant step forward with
this new version of SimBionic,” said Chris Melissinos, Chief Gaming Officer at
Sun Microsystems. “Now designers and content experts working on Java
technology-based projects have an easy means of adding intelligent behaviors to
SimBionic for Java is the second
entry in Stottler Henke’s SimBionic product line; the company launched a C++
version of the software in December 2002. The new Java technology edition,
which has a small footprint, extends the reach of SimBionic to mobile
applications, where Java is a popular platform.
SimBionic is a visual authoring
tool and runtime engine for creating complex behaviors and state machines,
through the use of AI. It enables training simulation and game developers to
speed their development time, while empowering designers and end users to
directly incorporate their knowledge and expertise into the systems. Speeding
the simulation development process can accelerate time-to-market for games, and
can produce smarter simulations for training systems. And employing a graphical
interface for specifying behaviors, so that non-programmer “subject matter
experts” can create them, reduces the risk of simulation errors related to
miscommunication of content between an expert and a programmer. The Java technology
version supports browser and applet-based games, and encourages re-use of AI
across games, which represents an important efficiency for game developers.
SimBionic for Java
supports a number of advanced authoring concepts, such as hierarchical
behaviors, which let any behavior invoke any other behavior, allowing users to
construct sophisticated behaviors from simpler ones and efficiently reuse their
work; and polymorphic behaviors, which allow the game engine to dynamically
select the appropriate behavior to perform based on the current state of the
entity that is running it. It also contains a full-featured visual debugger
that allows users to execute behaviors step by step to help uncover and fix any
subtle mistakes in logic.
consists of two major components: a visual authoring tool, and a runtime
engine. The SimBionic authoring tool is a standard Windows application. Because
SimBionic presents its logic graphically, it can communicate more information
to more people compared to textual methods. Visual representations can be
understood by experts and by software programmers alike, so they can speak the
same language, resulting in superior collaborative development.
SimBionic runtime engine takes the behavior description, and makes it
operational within a game or training simulation. The engine is efficient,
highly scalable, and provides a Java technology or C++ application programming interface,
so software developers can easily interface it with simulations and games.
SimBionic authoring tool runs on Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows
2000, and Windows XP operating systems. The SimBionic runtime engine runs on
these operating systems, as well as Linux.
price and availability
for Java is available immediately from Stottler Henke. Pricing is on a per-seat
basis, and varies based on the size of the installation.
of SimBionic was supported in large part by R&D funding provided by the
U.S. Department of Defense.
in 1988, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. applies artificial intelligence and
other advanced software technologies to solve problems that defy solution using
traditional approaches. The company delivers intelligent software solutions for
education and training, planning and scheduling, knowledge management and
discovery, decision support, and software development. Stottler Henke's clients
include manufacturers, retailers, educational media companies and government
agencies. Stottler Henke was named one of the "top 100" companies
making a significant impact on the military training industry in 2003 by
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