CAPTRS is changing the game.

Harnessing the brightest minds and simulation gaming to build robust defenses against future pathogen threats.

Threat Preparedness, Readiness, and Response

CAPTRS games equip decision makers with the intuition, skills and systems needed to combat future pathogen threats and their cascading impacts.

Simulation Games

Overcoming Failure of Imagination

CAPTRS is generating a vast catalog of hypothetical threats to overcome our failure of imagination leveraging the history of human diseases, science fiction storytelling and AI.

Universe of Threats


November 18, 2022

Opportunities for Fellows in Pathogen War Gaming

On May 6, 2021, Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed the new Center for Advanced Pathogen Threat and Response Simulation (CAPTRS) and its pioneering vision to apply sophisticated war gaming technology to build robust…
November 8, 2022

National Science Foundation Award Paves Way for UT Center for Pandemic Decision Science

The National Science Foundation has selected The University of Texas at Austin for a pilot grant to establish the UT Center for Pandemic Decision Science (CPDS). The new interdisciplinary center will bring…

Practice Response

CAPTRS is pioneering the science of vigorous simulation gaming for threat response. Our games will help your organization, agency or team be better trained and ready regardless of the threat at hand.

Improve Decision Making

By participating in our simulation games you will improve yo ur decision making process, team dynamics, situational awareness and make better tradeoffs in the heat of the moment. 

Overcome Failure of Imagination

By preparing for a vast universe of threats, CAPTRS rigorous games and scenarios help bring forward superior strategies to combat these threats.