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CREATE: Contextually Relevant Exploitation&Analysis Training Environment

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: CREATE: Contextually Relevant Exploitation&Analysis Training Environment
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6285
Award Amount: $150,000.00


Imagery analysts face challenges that complicate their ability to gain and maintain contextual awareness. On the job training provides some instruction but tends to focus too much on the specificities of the domain. When analysts view imagery that deviates from that domain, they tend to make mistakes such as mis-identifying equipment or failing to recognize patterns of enemy activity. Aptima, Inc., and its partner Rickard Consulting, propose to develop the Contextually Relevant Exploitation & Analysis Training Environment (CREATE) to train analysts to exploit static and full motion imagery across a variety of contexts. CREATE is an innovative adaptive training system that accelerates contextual learning by constructing individualized training programs. As analysts progress, the system identifies exercises which will accelerate the student"s acquisition of contextual expertise based on an understanding of prior performance. Training through the CREATE system will be grounded within the analyst"s typical workflow, so that the same system can be used for both training exercises and mission rehearsal. In addition, it will integrate with SCORM-conformant LMSs. To support the content authoring processes, CREATE will monitor how students respond to content and use advanced modeling techniques to classify and update content difficulty profiles based on observed student performance.

Principal Investigator:

Cullen Jackson
Director Cognitive Systems Engineer
(781) 496-2408

Business Contact:

Thomas J. McKenna
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2443
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No