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Authoring By Cultural Demonstration

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 09-HS4
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Authoring By Cultural Demonstration
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0092
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Modern military missions require soldiers to communicate effectively and at a personal level with people whose cultures, languages, lifestyles, and beliefs are very different from their own. Constructing suitable, game-based, culturally relevant scenarios to prepare soldiers for effective communication is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Aptima proposes an innovative extension of cognitive science, technology and COTS scenario-authoring tools to simplify the creation of cultural concepts by non-programmers that will run the existing scenarios in a game-engine agnostic environment. Authoring By Cultural Demonstration (ABCD) will use radial categories as a framework for generalizing from space and time to vignettes containing gesture, facial expression, language, and other cultural abstractions. ABCD will connect the generalized vignettes into a cultural envelope that constitutes the scenario. Trainee's actions during scenario execution will be monitored to ensure that the trainee stays within the envelope and inevitably encounters the cultural training opportunity.

Principal Investigator:

Webb Stacy
V.P. of Technology

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No