Soar Technology, Inc. began operations in 1998 as a spin-off from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Michigan, where its founding team developed TacAir-Soar from 1992-1997, under the leadership of Professor John E. Laird and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Synthetic Theatre of War (STOW) project. TacAir-Soar is a fully autonomous intelligent agent system that provides high-fidelity, realistic, entity-level behaviors for a wide range of aircraft and missions. When the university research phase concluded, SoarTech was formed with an initial contract to support the U.S. Air Force Warfighter Training Laboratory, providing TacAir-Soar synthetic aircraft for distributed mission training (DMT) exercises.
That initial contract led to follow-on contracts for support of training systems and experimentation for Navy, Army, Air Force and Joint Forces Command projects, and a growing range of research and development for air and ground forces simulation, human behavior modeling, command and control systems, agent-based tools for intelligence analysis, and information visualization. Funding for these initiatives has been provided by the following:
Soar Techology has its main facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a satellite office in Orlando, Florida. It is an active member in the National Training Systems Association (NTSA), National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (IITSEC), and the Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS) Conference.