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Pedagogical Agents for TPED Training

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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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: Pedagogical Agents for TPED Training
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-6681
Award Amount: $100,000.00


We propose to develop the TPED Pedagogical Agent Coaching Technology (T-PACT) which will comprise a system of agent-based models and supporting technologies that enable the insertion of pedagogically-driven synthetic teammates within CrossCue, a simulation-based ISR training environment. The T-PACT system will consist of two primary agent-based components: the Adaptive Story Agent (ASA) and the Supervisory Instruction Agent (SIA). The ASA will help to bring about scenario events that create opportunities for exercising key individual- and team-level ISR-specific competencies while the SIA will assess the adequacy of student responses to these events and deliver individually-tailored instructional feedback. In addition, the ASA and SIA will be supported by the Integrated Scenario Model (ISM), which will manage agent-interpretable representations of CrossCue scenario materials, in addition to storing records of the events that occur within CrossCue scenarios and the actions that trainees generate in response to these events. Taken together, the ASA, SIA, and ISM will represent a powerful solution for using a synthetic teammate presence to deliver adaptive, effective training and assessment in a simulated ISR environment.

Principal Investigator:

Craig Haimson
Cognitive Scientist

Business Contact:

Margaret J. 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