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Embedded Training in an Optimized Manning Environment

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Department of Defense
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2003 / SBIR
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Sonalysts, Inc.
215 Parkway North P.O. Box 280 Waterford, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Embedded Training in an Optimized Manning Environment
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-03-C-2037
Award Amount: $0.00


The Phase I effort was focused on developing a detailed methodology for conducting training in the reduced manning environment anticipated for new and evolving 21st century ship classes (e.g., DD(X)). The Phase I objective was to research and design aprototype training system employing closed-loop adaptive training technology as the enabling technology for supporting training in an optimized manning environment. A training infrastructure was defined that will accommodate individual and team trainingrequirements within a closed-loop adaptive training system employing a seamless combination of adaptive interactive multimedia instruction (IMI)- and simulation-based intelligent tutoring. This technology will support knowledge acquisition using adaptiveIMI and supervised skills practice using simulation-based intelligent tutoring, all within a common architecture employing a unified learner model.The Phase I effort culminated in the delivery of a final report that addressed three main topics:closed-loop adaptive training concept of operation, closed-loop adaptive training architecture, and a description of the proposed Phase II prototype. The Phase II objective is to develop the prototype training system, targeting the ASW/ASUW Tactical AirController (ASTAC) curriculum as the domain of interest. The research conducted under this SBIR will contribute directly to the development of a fully functional closed-loop adaptive training system that will support individual and team training within atotal-ship training environment. We anticipate that the technology developed under this SBIR topic will be immediately transitioned to the DD(X) program and the Navy's shore-based training infrastructure (initially supporting the ASTAC curriculum). Inaddition, this technology can be applied to address a wide range of other military and civilian training requirements where both knowledge and skill acquisition are essential. Domains that might be addressed by this technology include: air controloperations, power plant operations, medical diagnosis, etc.

Principal Investigator:

John Wayne
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Lyle Watkinson
Small Business Information at Submission:

215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280 Waterford, CT 06385

EIN/Tax ID: 060902362
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No