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Handheld Intelligent Tutors Personalized for Individual Training (HITPOINT)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
D122-004-0018
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB122-004
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Handheld Intelligent Tutors Personalized for Individual Training (HITPOINT)
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0028
Award Amount: $99,980.00
 

Abstract:

Training first responders to efficiently select and effectively carry out emergency medical procedures in dynamic, highly stressful, and novel environments remains a challenge. Many traditional training techniques focus on frequent repetition and memorization of basic lifesaving tasks. However, responders need an expert knowledge of the underlying anatomy and reasoning behind those tasks to effectively adapt them to novel situations. Training this expertise varies greatly across responders, who come to the training with unique skill sets, training needs, and aptitudes. We propose to design and demonstrate games that teach first responder skills and reinforce generalizable physiology principles through Handheld Intelligent Tutors Personalized for Individual Training (HITPOINT). HITPOINT will help responders simultaneously learn critical first-aid skills and understand the underlying principles of physiology by combining engaging gameplay, tailored performance feedback and guidance, and underlying STEM-based training methods. Through a unique blend of an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) and a realistic simulation of physiological systems, trainees will be able to go beyond rote learning of lists of rules and actively explore the realistic reaction of those systems to various lifesaving approaches. Combined, these methods will identify and address trainees"unique pedagogical needs while providing the fundamental understanding necessary to face novel lifesaving situations.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Weyhrauch
Principal Scientist
(617) 491-3474
pweyhrauch@cra.com

Business Contact:

Mark S. Felix
Contracts Manager
(617) 491-3474
mfelix@cra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042803764
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No