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Authoring By Cultural Demonstration - ABCD II

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Authoring By Cultural Demonstration - ABCD II
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-12-C-0073
Award Amount: $743,559.00


Modern military missions require warfighters to communicate effectively and at a personal level with people whose cultures, languages, lifestyles, and beliefs are very different from their own. Constructing suitable, game-based, culturally relevant scenarios to prepare soldiers for effective communication is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Authoring By Cultural Demonstration (ABCD) is an innovative combination of cognitive science, technology, and COTS scenario-authoring tools that that enables warfighters and instructors to author culturally relevant training scenarios in a game-engine agnostic environment. A key innovation in ABCD is the division of authoring into several components: (1) machinima tools to enable input of real events to support generation of a single non-interactive plot script, output as machinima; (2) interaction tools to specify interaction choices and consequences, resulting in an interactive scenario; (3) contrasting cases tools to ensure scenarios revolve around key training principles in the form of interaction patterns; and (4) an asset library that provides culturally relevant physical locations, avatars, props, etc.. Separating the authoring process into these pieces allows existing tools, such as AI-based cinematography, conventional video editing, and radial-category-oriented stimulus and response creation, to be brought to bear on the task. The net result is a quick, easy, and nontechnical solution.

Principal Investigator:

Webb Stacy
V.P. of Technology
(781) 496-2437

Business Contact:

Thomas 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