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Learning the Human Terrain

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
91294
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O083-CR7-4049
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Design Interactive, Inc.
1221 E. Broadway, Suite 110 Oviedo, FL 32765-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Learning the Human Terrain
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-09-M-0385
Award Amount: $99,473.00
 

Abstract:

Changes in modern warfare are necessitating the provision of efficient and effective training tools for U.S. marines and soldiers. Current low-intensity military operations are multi-dimensional requiring new sociocultural communication skills. In this effort, we propose developing a serious game for training social and cultural communication skills. The serious game will incorporate performance and cognitive state assessment to ensure effective training. Specifically, this effort will be a joint development between Design Interactive and Applied Systems Intelligence, where Design Interactive will provide training and cognitive state assessment components, and Applied Systems Intelligence will provide social and cultural domain content. Phase 1 will develop a complete concept design for a sociocultural skills and communication training tool. There are several technical objectives associated with conducting this research: 1) determining targeted social and cultural communication skills, 2) identifying technology limitations and risks, 3) designing the performance and cognitive state monitoring components, and 4) incorporating an appropriate feedback system. The resulting concept in Phase 1 will form a foundation for building a serious game prototype in Phase 2, as well as establishing a foundation for several tools to be used in the military and commercial markets.

Principal Investigator:

Ali Ahmad
Lead Researcher
4077060977
ali@designinteractive.net

Business Contact:

John Stanney
CFO
4077060977
john@designinteractive.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

DESIGN INTERACTIVE, INC.
1221 E. Broadway Suite 110 Oviedo, FL 32765

EIN/Tax ID: 593534927
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No