Creating the GEMS Institute
To obtain approval to create a GEMS Institute as an outreach and
research center of Columbus State University.
- In the Defense Appropriation Bill for FY2010 the TSYS School of
Computer Science at Columbus State University received $1.6-million
in funding to develop a Cognitive Map-Based Modeling and Simulation
for Tactical Decision Support.
- The Army's Research Development Test and Evaluation Command is
the administrative agency within the Department of Defense
responsible for administering the funds appropriated.
- The funding authority for this project has been released
enabling the University to proceed with the project.
- Shortly after the TSYS School of Computer Science first became
involved in Project STEADI (March 2008) and the development of a
Graduate-level Certificate in Modeling and Simulation, it
recognized the opportunity and need to create an organization
associated with Columbus State University with strong links to the
School of Computer Science to compete for funding and federal grant
money in the rapidly growing and lucrative technologies of games,
modeling and simulation; ergo, the concept for a GEMS Institute was
- The forthcoming availability of the long-awaited funding for
the tactical decision support project offers an important and
appropriate venue to announce the formation of Columbus State
University's GEMS Institute.
- No additional funding is required to establish the GEMS
Institute; however, the intention is to use funding provided for
future projects to encourage separate federal and/or Georgia State
funding to build a facility to house the institute.
- Staffing for the GEMS Institute will be provided from the
current faculty of the TSYS School of Computer Science and
personnel hired to support the ongoing tactical decision support
- Forming the GEMS Institute now can be accomplished without any
additional resources. More importantly, in sends a strong message
to the entire defense community, especially Fort Benning, that
Columbus State University is committed to further develop its
competencies as a contributor to the area of serious games,
modeling and simulation. Likewise, it sends a similar message to
the state that the University is actively engaged in supporting the
state's efforts to attract developing companies within the
entertainment industry to Georgia and the Chattahoochee Valley
- Approve the formation of the Games, Entertainment, Modeling and
Simulation (GEMS) Institute as outlined in the attached paper.
- Approve the Press Release as attached.
- Approve scheduling a press conference to announce the formation
of the GEMS Institute to coincide with the Kickoff Meeting for the
Tactical Decision Support Project. (The place and time TBD)
- Approve the staff positions for the Institute as attached.
What is the GEMS Institute?
The GEMS Institute is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary games,
entertainment modeling and simulation collaborative research and
education outreach managed through and collocated with the TSYS
School of Computer Science at Columbus State University (CSU) in
Columbus, Georgia. Its primary focus is applied research for the
defense industry and commercial applications involving modeling,
simulation, games and entertainment technologies. Strong
collaborative relationships exist between the GEMS Institute and
the Army's Maneuver Battle Lab and the Maneuver Center of
Excellence (MCOE) at Fort Benning, Georgia. A major area of
interest for the GEMS Institute is providing applied research in
these dynamic and rapidly growing technologies for the MCOE and the
many Army research agencies who are tenants at Fort Benning.