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Training and Improving Warfighter Intuition using Immersive Scenarios

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-1491
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD10-CR3
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Training and Improving Warfighter Intuition using Immersive Scenarios
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-12-G-05460007
Award Amount: $749,997.00
 

Abstract:

Across the services, military missions continue to pose complex cognitive and perceptual challenges such as detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or anomalous civilian behaviors. These challenges do not allow time for deliberation and evaluation; in fact, the ability to make quick and accurate decisions in these situations is often cited by Warfighters as key to survival. This ability is called intuition. While it has been recognized that intuitive decision making is essential for battlefield success, there are no existing training applications for improving such skills in Warfighters. There are, however, key insights from the educational and neuroscience literature that suggest how to approach the task of training intuition. Accordingly, Aptima proposes to develop immersive scenario-based training that will improve Warfighter intuition skills by: (1) presenting Warfighters with necessary opportunities to discover the underlying principles of the problem/challenge, as well as (2) providing Warfighters with strategically-scheduled feedback on relevant contextual and environmental cues that influence expert intuition. This training will enable novices to: (1) comprehend and store underlying principles more quickly and efficiently, the way experts do, (2) reduce their dependence on the surface features and rule-based problem solving, and (3) improve their intuition so that it leads to correct solutions.

Principal Investigator:

Alexandra Geyer
Principal Scientist
(781) 496-2312
ageyer@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Thomas McKenna
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2443
mckenna@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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