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Virtual Puckster

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Department of Defense
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2006 / SBIR
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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 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Virtual Puckster
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N61339-07-C-0013
Award Amount: $70,000.00


A key challenge for future immersive mission rehearsal and training systems is the control of computer-generated opposing and supporting friendly forces. Currently, large numbers of personnel (or "pucksters") are required to control computer-generated forces (CGFs), especially in simulated urban environments. In deployed settings, particularly for rehearsals at the platoon or company level, pucksters are not generally available in sufficient numbers to provide a useful exercise. Aptima will develop an operator control unit for CGFs that will provide a functionality we call virtual pucksters. Based on the commander's rehearsal or training objectives for his warfighters, the Virtual Puckster system will take orders from a company or platoon commander about what kind of experiences to replicate within a scenario. The system will then apply an appropriate level of intelligent behavior for the CGFs in order to provide this experience. Our approach combines gaming insights for easy-to-control entities with unique technology to embed training objectives in simulation scenarios. The Virtual Puckster system will be developed using a framework and interface based on a domain analysis and will allow a platoon leader or company commander to direct effective mission rehearsal and training exercises with little or no support from additional personnel.

Principal Investigator:

E. Webb Stacy
Cognitive Scientist

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

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