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Principled Design of an Augmented Reality Trainer for Medics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0162
Agency Tracking Number: H17A-003-0006
Amount: $149,342.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA17A-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-14
Small Business Information
1776 Mentor Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45212
United States
DUNS: 080237079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Laura Militello
 Vice President of Research
 (937) 602-7844
Business Contact
 Steve Wolf
Phone: (513) 607-8268
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Kristy Baker
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

 (614) 292-3187
 Nonprofit College or University

Recent advances in augmented reality (AR) offer valuable opportunities for simulationbased training outside of a medical simulator facility. The potential benefits for combat casualty care training are particularly powerful, as over 100,000 U.S. military medical personnel must be prepared to quickly respond to a broad range of injuries at any point in time. We propose to develop and evaluate a high-fidelity, portable, simulation-based training technology that will allow medics to participate in refresher training anywhere in the world using a mannequin and an augmented reality (AR) headset. Initial training modules will focus on identification and treatment of common causes of preventable death such as tension pneumothorax and airway obstruction. We have assembled a team led by Unveil, creator of the ChironTM augmented reality trainer; and including ITTS, producer of the TOMManikin; and SHAI, leader in intelligent tutoring tutoring technology. Colleagues from The Ohio State University Medical School will serve as academic partner, providing subject matter expertise, and leading the evaluation effort. This team will address technical challenges associated with taking AR training to the next level in terms of providing a high-fidelity yet portable learning experience, and theoretical challenges associated with conducting a meaningful evaluation.

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