Incorporating Affective Stressors in Virtual Training Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0535
Agency Tracking Number: N071-078-0116
Amount: $807,829.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-078
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
1221 E. Broadway, Suite 110, Oviedo, FL, 32765
DUNS: 075104708
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kelly Hale
 Director, HSI
 (407) 706-0977
Business Contact
 John Stanney
Title: CFO
Phone: (407) 706-0977
Research Institution
Affective environments may be developed using VE technology to further enhance learning and training transfer to real-world tasks. However, training in such environments has shown limited transfer effects for emotionally-charged tasks, which may be due to inadequate representation of the appropriate affective environment. Thus, there is a need to determine how multisensory information can be used to create stress and invoke affective responses similar to responses experienced in live operations. The Affective Virtual Environment Training System (A-VETS) proposed software tool addresses this identified opportunity by guiding system designers and trainers through the process of adding negative affective components to VE training systems to enhance trainee performance, decrease training time and enhance training transfer of cognitive and psychomotor learning objectives. A complimentary effort proposed by VRSonic will develop the Real-time Affective Detection Induction System (RADIS). A-VETS will provide affect scenario design, including upfront scenario settings and a matrix for real-time adaptation based on emotion state and performance to RADIS, which will interact directly with the VE training system to capture emotional state of teams of up to 4 trainees affect during training. Captured emotional state will be compared to expected state, and RADIS will respond to mismatches in states by adjusting affective parameters for individual team members as guided by A-VETS training strategy matrix.

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