ALERT2: Attentional Learning Environment for Reliable Training Transfer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0465
Agency Tracking Number: N162-090-0654
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: N162-090
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Array, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sterling Wiggins
 (937) 490-8019
 swiggins@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Phone: () -
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An increasing need for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions has led to a critical need for UAS operators and imagery analysts to maintain constant attention throughout extended shifts. Fatigue inevitably leads to a lapse in vigilance, causing degraded performance and an increase in errors. Current training techniques do not address this issue, focusing primarily on job-related technical skills, and are rarely adapted for individual differences in learning characteristics. In response to this need, Aptima will develop ALERT2: Adaptive Learning Environment for Reliable Training Transfer. ALERT2 will be an adaptive system for generating individualized instruction focused on developing sustained attention. ALERT2 will conduct real-time assessments of trainee performance, mission states, and UAS-specific factors throughout a training exercise to dynamically adapt scenarios for optimized attentional training. By integrating with existing training systems and adapting existing scenarios, ALERT2 will provide a lightweight, cost-effective method for training sustained attention in UAS operators and imagery analysts.

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