The Center for Advanced Pathogen Threat Response and Simulation (CAPTRS) has hired Francesca de Rosa to serve as Chief Scientist for Gaming. CAPTRS is a non-profit organization that is transforming the science and practice of preparedness. As Chief Scientist for Gaming, de Rosa is creating simulation games and game-based exercises to help organizations, teams and leaders be prepared for a vast universe of threats.
Prior to joining CAPTRS, de Rosa was a scientist with the NATO STO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation for 12 years, working on maritime security, maritime situational awareness and emerging and disruptive technology development. She has extensive expertise and research experience in simulation games, wargames and interactive cognitive environments. De Rosa also serves as an adjunct professor in computer games and simulations at the University of Genoa (Italy).
“We are delighted that Francesca has joined our team at CAPTRS,” said Phil Siegel, CAPTRS co-founder. “She is an outstanding scientist and is adding lots of value for our partners. She’s already delivered our first CAPTRS simulation games which have been a terrific success.”
Along with de Rosa, the team at CAPTRS, which spans the sciences, healthcare, and AI, has built a portfolio of next-generation exercises that equips decision-makers to combat complex threats. CAPTRS partners with public health professionals, scientists, elected officials, and industry leaders to set new standards for preparedness and response across all stages of the decision cycle.
“This is such an incredible opportunity to join the brilliant and professional team at CAPTRS to help pursue the mission of equipping our societies with the knowledge and tools to navigate the future,” said de Rosa.
In addition to her work at CAPTRS, de Rosa serves on the Steering Committee for the Wargaming Initiative for NATO, in several NATO Research Task Groups on wargaming, and is a board member for the Serious Game Society.