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AI Middleware for Human Social-Cultural Behavior Training Games

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86103
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-CR1-4110
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2588
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: AI Middleware for Human Social-Cultural Behavior Training Games
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-08-M-0335
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

For effective training in higher-level decision-making and social-interaction skills, there is a need for computer game technology to provide more realistically human-like non-player characters. As a cost-effective path for integrating greater social-cultural realism into game simulations, we propose a set of AI (Artificial Intelligence) Middleware layers that allow easy extensibility and configuration at a variety of levels of abstraction in game designs. We plan to determine an appropriate game concept and engine, create AI Middleware that is particularly geared toward social-cultural human behavior, and develop an example game instantiation of the design. The implemented game engine will have a relatively open architecture, and plug-in application programmer interfaces (APIs) that provide control of non-player characters (NPCs) in standard ways as well as in ways specific for the modeling of social-cultural human behavior. The system will support alternative human behavior architectures, and provide scripting and behavior-modeling interfaces to allow rapid development of simple and/or well-understood behavior models, but also provide an appropriate migration path for developers (and possibly end users) to improve the models in the areas where more sophistication is desirable.

Principal Investigator:

Randolph Jones
Senior Scientist
2078726720
rjones@soartech.com

Business Contact:

James Rosbe
President
7343278000
rosbe@soartech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOAR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 383382261
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No