Dr. Dale E. Olsen is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of SIMmersion LLC, a Columbia, MD based training company.
Dr. Olsen leads the business development team as well as his team of training system developers. He oversees increasing the capabilities of SIMmersion simulations. He has personally authored eight training systems.
Over his career, Dr. Olsen has been awarded six U.S. and international patents, has served as the principal investigator for ten research projects, has published over seventeen peer reviewed papers, has been a reviewer for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant proposals, and has presented numerous papers at statistical, polygraph, and training conferences.
Prior to founding SIMmersion, Dr.Olsen worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), where he was also on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering for twenty-eight years.
In 1997, he foresaw the trend of erosion of basic social communication skills while people became more adept at electronic communication. He invented PeopleSim technology, which was first used to help train new FBI and other law enforcement agents interview techniques and detection of deception. The training system was distributed for use by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In recognition of his successes in the law enforcement community, he was appointed Director, Program Development for Law Enforcement at JHU/APL. There was an immediate demand for more training systems, leading Dr. Olsen to found SIMmersion LLC in October 2002.
Earlier, Dr. Olsen patented an algorithm he developed that automatically detected epileptic seizures using electroencephalograph (EEG) data. This research led to the development of algorithms for evaluating polygraph data and a software system called PolyScore™. The PolyScore™ software was successfully commercialized and is used worldwide to provide objective analysis of polygraph charts. His work in polygraph data analysis and his interest in instruction led him to create his first communication training system for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Olsen began his career at JHU/APL by developing a series of methodologies for evaluating reliability and accuracy of submarine-launched ballistic missiles and led the development of their implementation into software. These new methodologies made it possible to combine and analyze the post-flight missile data supplied by massive Kalman filters, providing the first detailed understanding of the error sources causing the inaccuracies of the Trident missile weapon system.
Dr. Olsen began his professional career as a research engineer/programmer for The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. He has been a member of the American Statistical Association, The Biometric Society, and the American Polygraph Association. He received the John E. Reid Memorial Award for Distinguished Achievement in Polygraph Research, Teaching and Writing, in 1994.
A native of Chico, California, Dr. Olsen earned an A.B. in Mathematics from California State University, Chico, in 1965, and earned an M.A. in statistics from Oregon State University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in statistics from Oregon State University in 1973. He resides in Columbia, MD, and is married with two daughters and one grandson.