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Adaptive Game for Auditory Training and Evaluation (AGATE)

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Adaptive Game for Auditory Training and Evaluation (AGATE)
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0725
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of the Iraq War. A large percentage of Soldiers with TBI exhibits significant communication impairments, often in the absence of hearing loss. These individuals suffer from auditory processing deficits and are more likely to benefit from a cognitive training program than from hearing aids, creating a need for a training tool that would rehabilitate their communication abilities. In this project, Aptima will develop an innovative rehabilitation technology - AGATE - that will provide adaptive cognitive and metacognitive training in order to improve the ability for blast casualties and TBI victims to communicate. This game-based training system will consist of a variety of engaging events, incorporating auditory and visual components, designed to provide tailored content and feedback based on user characteristics and performance. Aptima's AGATE will improve cognitive skills in individuals with auditory deficits, leading to more effective communication in a wide variety of settings.

Principal Investigator:

Jason Sidman
Team Lead, Instructional

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
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No