Center for Advanced Engineering Environments


The Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE) is a department center of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. The center was created in 2001 to serve as a focal point for research activities pertaining to Collaborative distributed Knowledge discovery and exploitation, Interactive visual simulations, Intelligent synthesis, and advanced learning/training technologies and environments, and their application to future complex engineering systems.

The activities of the center include the synergistic coupling of modeling, visual simulations, intelligent agents, multimedia and synthetic environments, human-technology interactions, computational intelligence, computational, information and collaboration technologies in the multidisciplinary analysis, sensitivity studies, optimization, design and operation of complex engineering systems.

The Center is located at the Old Dominion University Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton, Virginia. It is located very close to Nasa’s Langley Research Center.[1]


The Center has the following five specific objectives:

  1. Conduct innovative research on applications of the aforementioned areas to complex engineering systems.
  2. Develop innovative paradigms, technologies and strategies for Advanced Learning / Training Environments.
  3. Act as a pathfinder, by demonstrating to the research community what can be done (high-potential, high-risk research).[2]
  4. Help in identifying future directions of research, and future interdisciplinary areas, in support of future complex engineering systems.[3]
  5. Form strategic partnerships with technology providers, industry and research organizations to accelerate technology and workforce development.

The Powerwall 3D environment.

In addition to research, the activities of the Center include forming strategic partnerships and collaborative agreements with leading universities, industry and software vendors who are developing collaborative distributed Knowledge discovery and exploitation systems and intelligent synthesis environments for future aerospace and other high-tech engineering systems; organizing workshops and national symposia; and writing monographs and special publications on timely topics.

Immersive Classroom Concept


The current research activities of the center include:

  • Collaborative distributed engineering knowledge discovery and exploitation
  • Interactive distributed visual simulation environment and 3D virtual worlds [4][5]
  • Pervasive blended lifelong cyberlearning (using learning and research networks, personal/collaborative learning environments, 3D interactive immersive classrooms, and other emerging learning spaces / platforms)
  • Distributed heterogeneous augmented and hyper-reality systems
  • Brain-based, intelligent and multimodal human-technology interfaces
  • Intelligent, adaptive cyber-physical ecosystems and emergent engineering [6]


The CAEE website provides the following facilities:


  1. ^ “CAEE: A New Era of Learning”. Researcher News. NASA. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ Sniderman, Debbie (May 2012). “Moving into “Intelligent Engineering”. Desktop Engineering. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  3. ^ Noor, Ahmed (March 2012). “Training for the Next Wave – Preparing engineers and the workforce for Complex Adaptive Systems”. Mechanical Engineering: 34–37.
  4. ^ Noor, Ahmed (November 2009). “Disruption from the Virtual World”. Mechanical Engineering: 22–28.
  5. ^ Noor, Ahmed (April 2010). “Potential of virtual worlds for remote space exploration”. Advances in Engineering Software. 41 (4): 666–673.
  6. ^ Noor, Ahmed (November 2011). “The World is More Complicated – Complex Adaptive Systems”. Mechanical Engineering: 30–35.

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