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Physiological-based Tools for Virtual Environment Fidelity Design Guidance

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Infoneering, Inc.
4 Wendram Bluff NE Iowa City, IA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Physiological-based Tools for Virtual Environment Fidelity Design Guidance
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-C-0598
Award Amount: $496,429.00


This proposal describes the proposed implementation of the concept of the Quality of Training Effectiveness Assessment (QTEA) system. This concept was developed in Phase I (N074-028-0065). Currently, VE design is guided by subjective design models that involve multiple design iterations and focus on trial and error. Our approach is innovative and new because it quantifies VE fidelity requirements in terms of desired behavioral patterns in the trainee as quantified by physiological measures. The benefit of our proposed system is that it will enable quantitative specification of VE fidelity requirements and thus avoid costly over specification of such systems. It will also benefit the trainee by providing real-time training performance feedback. We will collaborate with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and PMA-205 to enhance Navy training effectiveness through integration of physiological assessment modules into existing training systems. Base program: $500k, 18 months. Mature QTEA sensor and algorithm package to TRL 6. Conduct human factors experiment to test QTEA system. Option I: $250k, 9 months. Develop automatic scenario difficulty adjustment capability. Option II: $750k, 12 months (1:1 match. $350k STTR/$350k PMA-205). Validate QTEA in an actual flight training environment.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Schnell

Business Contact:

Russ Schmeiser
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Infoneering, Inc.
1801 South Riverside Drive Iowa City Municipal Airport Iowa City, IA 52240

EIN/Tax ID: 710990585
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Iowa
3131 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242 1527
Contact: Thomas Schnell
Contact Phone: (319) 631-4445
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university