USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

On-demand, Controller-based Simulation for Human-Automation Training

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
12124 HIGH TECH AVE STE 250 ORLANDO, FL 32817-8382
View profile »
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: On-demand, Controller-based Simulation for Human-Automation Training
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS2-03113
Award Amount: $69,911.00


Human control and interaction with synthetic agents and environments has tremendous potential application in intelligent tutoring, performance analysis, human factors analysis, and distributed training. To date, this application has been limited by the cost of creating and maintaining simulations. Vcom3D has developed Authoring Tools and a Web-enabled Simulation Engine that allow subject matter experts to efficiently and economically create training simulations that embed realistic, communicating ?virtual humans? in Advanced Distrbuted Learning (ADL) conformant, web-based training courses. This software has been used to create courses for job interview skills, law-enforcement, and military operations training; as well as over 30,000 copies of language skills training software. To date, however, the tools have not been applied to training human-automation interactions. For this Phase I SBIR, we will extend our Vcommunicator? authoring tools and Extensible 3D (X3D) simulation engine to create high-performance human-automation training simulations. Key products of this project will include a new Controller-Based architecture that extends the Model-based design, as well as definition of the Controller architecture in terms of relevant industry standards. The goal is to enable cost-effective, reusable, human-automation training available over the web. For Phase II, we will develop a full prototype system and exemplar course.

Principal Investigator:

Edward Sims
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Edward Sims
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vcom3D, Inc.
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260 Orlando, FL 32817

EIN/Tax ID: 593419305
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No