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Instructional Design Aid for Creating Pedagogically Correct, Interesting and…

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Instructional Design Aid for Creating Pedagogically Correct, Interesting and Motivating Instructional Content
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: DAA17-02-C-0025
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Measures of the usability of systems have traditionally focused on the physical fit between man and machine. We propose to develop model-based measures of cognitive fit, or cognitive fightability. The proposed measures are a function of the congruencebetween three factors: the mission, the cognitive abilities and capacities of warfighters, and the information presentation and control features the system. We will integrate these measures into a modeling system with which scientists, engineers, andacquisitions specialists can make useful, quantitative predictions of system impact on Army operations. In addition, the system can automatically optimize aspects of system design and generate specifications for optimal user teams. Our approach leverages(1) validated measures of human abilities, (2) deep knowledge of military systems for cognitively intense tasks, and (3) multi-objective optimization techniques. The proposed R&D will provide the Army with the capability to efficiently assess cognitivefightability; to specify selection criteria and training requirements for a given system; to compare the efficacy of alternative systems, users, or missions; and optimize the design of system features or user teams.

Principal Investigator:

Jared Freeman
Director of Research Div

Business Contact:

Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
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12 Gill Street, Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

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