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Modeling Culturally Accurate Behavior via Multiplayer Game Environments

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2007 / SBIR
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CHI Systems, Inc.
2250 Hickory Road Suite 150 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Modeling Culturally Accurate Behavior via Multiplayer Game Environments
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W91WAW-07-P-0281
Award Amount: $99,991.00


Military simulations involving non-player characters (NPCs) from non-US cultures are becoming increasingly important for training and mission rehearsal. However, creating culturally-realistic behaviors for these characters remains a technical challenge because there is not a clear standard or process for creating behaviors that are consistent with a given culture. This Phase I effort will design a solution to the problem via a set of tools, called CulturePad, that allow cultural behaviors to be empirically captured and abstracted in such a way that the resulting abstraction can be used to efficiently create accurate models of the cultural behaviors of non-US NPCs. An important objective of the Phase I research is analyzing the potential obstacles to capturing and simulating culturally appropriate behavior, and developing strategies to mitigate these in the CulturePad design. The CulturePad concept is based on a generative narrative representation which has been shown to hold validity as a way of capturing cultural knowledge in multiple cultural settings, and has also been shown to be a feasible way of generating behaviors for computer-generated synthetic agents. This will be accomplished, in part through empirical studies comparing how culture-specific scenarios would be played out in a multiplayer game versus a live 'role-play' simulation.

Principal Investigator:

Wayne Zachary
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Phil Rollhauser
Director of Contracts
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1035 Virginia Drive Suite 300 Fort Washington, PA 19034

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