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Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST)

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
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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: 2005
Title: Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0101
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST) is an optimal Intelligent Team Tutoring System (ITTS) for training team and individual resource allocation skills. MOST will contain five models; (1) an optimal task performance model (expert model), (2) an optimal context model, (3) an optimal feedback model, (4) an optimal procedural training model, and (5) a student model. The optimal context, feedback, and procedural training models constitute the didactic model. These three sub-models, coupled with a hierarchical task decomposition, will allow the training to be optimized on three vectors; (1) the environment or context, (2) feedback, guided practice, and modeling to develop strategic knowledge, and (3) feedback and practice to develop procedural knowledge and skills. Existing air planning and control task analyses and archival data from hundreds of experiment participants will be analyzed to create the hierarchical task, optimal task performance, and didactic models. In operation, the ITTS will probe and monitor individual and team performance levels, provide feedback, procedural training, and/or modifications to the training context to build on the trainees' current skill level. In Phase I, we initiated the optimal task performance model and optimal strategy modeling feedback for resource allocation teams in an After Action Review (AAR).

Principal Investigator:

Jared Freeman
Vice President, Research

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Office of Research & Programs, 3640 Colonel Glenn
Dayton, OH 45435, OH 05435
Contact: William K. Sellers
Contact Phone: (937) 775-2664
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university