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Software Tools for the Development and Reuse of Avatars with Culture-Specific…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
68784
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0160
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vcom3D, Inc.
11474 Corporate Blvd Suite 140 Orlando, FL 32817-8385
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Software Tools for the Development and Reuse of Avatars with Culture-Specific Behaviors
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R195
Award Amount: $748,409.00
 

Abstract:

For this Phase II SBIR Project, Vcom3D will develop and demonstrate a modular architecture for avatars whose behavior can be easily modified to model different cultures and contexts. Our approach will be to separate the "meaning and intent" of character interactions from the culturally-specific ways in which individual characters convey this meaning and intent through speech, gesture, and action. Based on this architecture, we will develop a "Behavior Engine" and supporting authoring tools for creating interactive scenarios that can be tailored for different cultures by embedding virtual characters with appropriate "built-in" low-level behaviors. We will develop a Behavior Knowledgebase that models culture-specific gestures and customs and conduct an evaluation of the performance, accuracy, and "believability" of the behaviors and development tools with DLI graduates and faculty, and other appropriate subject matter experts.

Principal Investigator:

Edward M. Sims
Chief Technology Officer
4077377309
eds@vcom3d.com

Business Contact:

Carol J. Wideman
Chief Executive Officer
4077374695
carolw@vcom3d.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VCOM3D, INC.
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260 Orlando, FL 32817

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