Programs & Projects

VDMC conducts applied research for industry, develops curriculum which integrates maritime-related science and technology into K-to-Gray programs, designs online training tools, and organizes various outreach events. Click below to learn more about our current programs and projects.

Contribute, Approve, Curate, Hyper-Distribution Engine (CACHE)

Using AI and machine learning to automate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. CACHE is a web-based knowledge curation and distribution system designed to make accessing content intuitive, efficient, and effective. Our team’s key role in this effort is to provide artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms to curate, distribute and recommend content.

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Operationally Directed Instructional Network-Engineering Library (ODIN-EL)

Collecting competency-based data and performing intelligent analytics on experiential knowledge transfer from master to apprentice maintainers, ODIN-EL provides actionable metrics and insights for the Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS) program which tracks thousands of Sailors throughout their maintenance careers.

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Maritime Entry-to-Employment Training Program

High school-level online training in pipefitting, welding, and fiber optic installing, integrating hand-on training in partnership with six regional schools and QED Systems, Inc.

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Maritime Skilled Trades Alignment Program

Pilot program to standardize skilled trades training and certification requirements to align public/private sector requirements, process, and certifications with the goal of creating efficiencies in training costs and performance.

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Curriculum Development and STEM Outreach Program

Curriculum, activities, and events which provide K-12 students with opportunities to explore technologies and careers in the maritime industry.

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Marine Trade Training (MTT) Expansion

Supporting the regional leader in marine skilled trades training through cutting-edge technology and innovative curriculum development.

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Past Projects

Machine-Learning Enabled Dependency Network Analysis for Quantifying Risks and Ripple Effects throughout the Supply Chain

A cybersecurity supply network AI framework that enables characterizing shipbuilding supply networks and determining ripple effects from disruptions caused by cyberattacks to the supply network.

Cybersecurity Barriers to Technology Adoption

Research project in partnership with Coastal Virginia Cybersecurity Center for Innovation identifying specific barriers to the adoption of technologies such as AI, 5G, and Cloud Computing across maritime industries.

GOTEC Maritime Talent Pipeline

GOTEC pilot program in select Newport News and Hampton middle schools providing early exposure to target skills in coding, robotics, computer-assisted machining and welding.

Maritime Trades Magnet Program

An innovative curriculum for Grades 10-11 plus community outreach aimed at youth attraction in underserved populations, providing hands-on practice with robotics and additive and subtractive manufacturing.

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Through immersive serious games and simulations, users explore computational thinking challenges and VDOE computer science standards as they navigate various careers and examples of maritime emergent technologies in their everyday lives.

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