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Predicting Requirements for instructional Environment Design to Improve…

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Department of Defense
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2007 / SBIR
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Predicting Requirements for instructional Environment Design to Improve Critical Training (PREDICT)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0228
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Traditional military training is becoming increasingly constrained by limited resources, geographic distribution of personnel, and the nature of ongoing operations, leading to an increased interest in the use of virtual training environments. However, training developers and systems acquisition professionals need to better understand how the fidelity of sensory components of virtual environments impacts the effectiveness of training. The PREDICT effort proposes to develop a model-based tool to predict the impact of virtual training environment fidelity on training effectiveness. PREDICT will inform users, prior to investment, of the tradeoffs in training effectiveness associated with levels of fidelity. Aptima will base the PREDICT tool on: (1) a matrix that links virtual environment fidelity to training outcomes, (2) the training context variables that may influence the relationship between fidelity and training effectiveness, (3) the organization's budgetary constraints, and (4) the costs associated with acquiring and maintaining virtual training environments. The result will be a complex, integrated, predictive model which considers all of these variables. In Phase II, Aptima will conduct model-based experimentation to validate the model's predictions. To ensure success, the Aptima team will apply their knowledge of the fidelity literature with their expertise in predictive modeling, model-based experimentation, and experimental design.

Principal Investigator:

Jamie Estock
Human Factors 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