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Tools for Implementing Speech Agents in Crew Resource Management Training Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N17A-010-0139
Amount: $249,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N17A-T010
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-23
Small Business Information
95 First Street, Suite 240
Los Altos, CA 94022
United States
DUNS: 829385509
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hui-Ling Lu
 Senior Research Scientist
 (650) 559-8585
Business Contact
 Dr. P. K. Menon
Phone: (650) 559-8585
Research Institution
 Arizona State University (ASU) Research Enterprise (ASURE)
 Lloyd Brown Lloyd Brown
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 161
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
United States

 (480) 941-3610
 Nonprofit College or University

Crew resource management training systems are often constrained by the high cost and lack of flexibility in coordinating a large group of human role players for part-task training. Motivated by the recent maturation of the speech synthesis and recognition technologies, speech-enabled crew role-player agents are being introduced to address these limitations. However, difficulties remain in customizing the synthetic speech agents in a timely manner. This proposal advances the development of speech agent implementation tools that will allow the end-users such as instructors and scenario designers to readily customize the set of supported utterances without external support and to provide pre-training modules for the trainees for enhancing speech recognition accuracy. Proposed work will leverage technologies from previous speech recognition technology development projects with the Navy and NASA. Feasibility demonstration of the proposed tool suite in the Anti-Submarine Warfare domain was carried out during the Phase I research. Extended from Phase I, Phase II will develop, demonstrate, and validate a prototype system. The Phase II deliverable will include a working prototype of the software that demonstrates the capability of enhancing utilization of synthetic speech agents in the Navy aviation training environment. Commercialization activities will be undertaken during the Phase III work.

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