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Plug and Play Cultural Avatars for Training

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
96803
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O092-HS2-6029
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 09-HS2
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Plug and Play Cultural Avatars for Training
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0091
Award Amount: $99,997.00
 

Abstract:

Immersive training environments tend to be good at graphics, but lack realistic cultural content, especially in regard to highly interactive cultural characters. There is a growing gap created by the ever-increasing need for realistic cultural training and the lack of availability of interactive cultural training environments. There are a number of ongoing efforts aimed at building cultural models. However, these models often suffer from low fidelity expression of cultural behavior, are typically tied to particular virtual environment platforms, and lack natural modes of interaction with trainees. With our partners at Vcom3D, we have been developing portable cultural avatars that combine the cognitive and physical aspects of cultural behavior, can generate realistic facial expressions and cultural gestures, and which have been inserted in a number of virtual environments. We propose to extend this existing work to include (1) new input and output modalities (e.g., gesture and speech), (2) scenario-building tools, and (3) after-action review capabilities, to simultaneously increase the state of the art in interactive cultural training while decreasing the cost to build and deploy those models in realistic training scenarios.

Principal Investigator:

Glenn Taylor
Senior Scientist
7343278000
glenn@soartech.com

Business Contact:

Katherine Harding
Chief Operations Officer
7343278000
kate.harding@soartech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 383382261
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No