Simulation Games for Preparedness, Readiness and Response

CAPTRS aims to set a new standard for preparedness through innovative simulation games that equip decision makers with the intuition, skills and systems needed to combat future pathogen threats and prevent cascading harms.

Our portfolio of games are research-based and focus on cognitive processes as well as strategic, operational, and tactical challenges.

We are designing games for a wide range of players––from public health and healthcare professionals to scientists and engineers to elected, community and industry leaders––and to bolster preparedness across all stages in the decision cycle.

Pathogen Situational Awareness Game

Developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Pathogen Situational Awareness (PSA) Game is an analytical game for improving the collection and interpretation of infectious disease surveillance data.

COVID-25 Game

Covid-25 is an award-winning game created by Professor Mathieu Muratet. It is designed to give government leaders, scientists, and the general public experience navigating the challenging interplay between a deadly pathogen, government policy, and individual behavior. See how it improves your decision making skills!


Simulation games are exercises in which human participants play specific roles in a simulated environment which may serve as a use case or an abstraction of a real-world situation. Simulation games provide a safe-to-fail environment that fosters competition, collaboration and cooperation. Simulation gaming has a long tradition of providing training, informing playbooks and generating insights in the military (wargames) and business.

CAPTRS builds and deploys innovative simulation games to improve decision-making along the continuum of threat preparedness, readiness, response, and recovery. Our goal is to ensure resilience against future threats in a highly complex and changing globe. Our games support the development of cognitive and collaborative skillsets and the design of innovative technologies. 

Our rigorous approach to designing, developing and deploying simulation games draws on cognitive engineering, epidemiology, social science, AI and simulation. CAPTRS games are anchored in the concept that a threat response is not a monolithic challenge, but rather a dynamic cognitive process involving situational awareness, decision making, and action performance. Our games dissect this process, ensuring robust training for participants and coherent data for analysis.