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The Virtual Observer/Controller (O/C) --- Intelligent Coaching in Dismounted Warrior Simulations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W74V8H-04-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: A2-1324
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
215 Parkway North P.O. Box 280
Waterford, CT 06385
United States
DUNS: 077317766
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 H. Banta
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3844
Business Contact
 Jean Kindel
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3655
Research Institution

During Phase I Sonalysts, Inc., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Advanced Interactive Simulations, collaborated to investigate the feasibility of producing a training system that, using a simulated urban environment, supplies instructional interventions (such as real-time feedback) that are pedagogically sound and contextually relevant to the Soldier engaged in first-person simulated training. The proposed prototype training system would support small unit, dismounted infantry Soldiers; specifically, Squad and Team Leaders. Based on our investigation, we believe it is feasible to integrate an intelligent tutor with the SVS simulation environment and produce a Virtual O/C to provide sound instructional support to members of small Dismounted Infantry units engaged in simulated urban operations exercise. The team will continue to apply its intelligent tutoring technology capabilities to develop a design for the Virtual O/C that attempts to mimic the behavior of a human observer controller. The Virtual O/C has to observe the situation, form expectations of Soldier behavior, observe the Soldier, compare the observed behavior with the expected behavior, draw a conclusion about the Soldier's behavior, and then make an instructionally sound assessment regarding if, when, and how to intervene.

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