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Interactive Phrasebook

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
82939
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-CR5-2156
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b/a SIFT
211 N 1st St. Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55401-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Interactive Phrasebook
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W911QX-07-C-0039
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

Effective cultural training teaches an understanding of appropriate social interactions in context-to take offense when reasonable, to give deference where appropriate, etc. Systems that provide realistic rehearsals have a fundamental need for believability beyond accuracy in appearance, and have the cus-tomizability to alter scenarios so they reflect the needs of the student. We propose using a rich, univer-sal theory of human-human "politeness" behaviors and the culture-specific interpretive frameworks for them (labeled "etiquette") from sociology, linguistics and anthropology to create an interactive and practical training tool. Our model will link observable and inferred aspects of power and familiarity relationships, the degree of imposition of an act (all of which have implications for roles and intents) and the actor's character to produce politeness behavior expectations. By using observations of polite-ness behaviors (or its lack), the same model permits inferences and updates about those attributes, while taking into account potential cultural biases. In Phase I, we will design the architecture of such a sys-tem, provide a Middle-Eastern culture based scenario derived from SSTR operation tasks, and create concrete plans to test the designed system. In Phase II, we will implement the system, conduct a pilot study, and expand cross-cultural content libraries.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher Miller
Chief Scientist
6127164015
CMiller@siftech.com

Business Contact:

Harry Funk
VP of Research and Development
6125787438
HFunk@siftech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SMART INFORMATION FLOW TECHNOLOGIES, D/B/A SIFT
211 N 1st St. Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55401

EIN/Tax ID: 411929753
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No