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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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2008 / SBIR
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CHI Systems, Inc.
2250 Hickory Road Suite 150 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Modeling Culturally Accurate Behavior via Multiplayer Game Environments
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W91WAW-08-C-0053
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Military simulations involving non-player characters (NPCs) representing non-US cultures are becoming increasingly important for training and mission rehearsal. However, creating culturally-realistic behaviors for these characters remains a technical challenge due to the lack of a clear standard or process for creating behaviors that are consistent with a given culture. This effort proposes a solution to the problem via a set of tools, called CulturePad, that allow cultural behaviors to be captured and empirically abstracted and modeled in such a way that the resulting abstraction can be used to efficiently create more accurate models of the cultural behaviors of non-US NPCs. The Phase II effort centers around four primary objectives: Design and implement CulturePad system for behavioral recording, analysis, and modeling; conduct experiments to evaluate role-play features with regard to key risks identified in Phase I; Conduct empirical assessments of CulturePad usability and life-cycle costs, and training effectiveness; and plan and promote transition to Army training users and other transition opportunities. The CulturePad concept is based on a generative narrative representation which has been shown to hold validity as a method of capturing cultural knowledge and a feasible way of generating realistic behaviors for computer-generated synthetic agents.

Principal Investigator:

Wayne Zachary
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 232387734
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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