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Principled Design of an Augmented Reality Trainer for Medics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH18C0151
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0336
Amount: $493,228.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA17A-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-16
Small Business Information
1776 Mentor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45212
DUNS: 080237079
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Wolf
 (513) 607-8268
 steve@unveilsystems.com
Business Contact
 Steve Wolf
Phone: (513) 607-8268
Email: steve@unveilsystems.com
Research Institution
 Ohio State University
 Mike Adkins
 The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, 43210
 (614) 292-5168
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Augmented reality (AR) offers the ability to enhance existing combat medic training by including perceptual cues and adaptive training elements to traditional simulation-based training using manikins. Unveil has developed a training system called the Macrocognitive AR Trainer (MART). MART is designed to foster the development of macrocognitive skills (e.g., sensemaking, assessment skills, mental models, treatment planning). However, there is little research support for how AR-based training elements affect student learning outcomes. In this Phase II effort, we propose to further develop MART to allow students to train with AR hardware (e.g., headset, tablet) alone or in conjunction with a medical manikin. We also propose to evaluate the training components our system with a series of formative studies and user feedback sessions, followed by a summative evaluation. The findings of these evaluations will inform a principled guide to developing AR-based training. We also plan to expand our existing commercialization activities to military and civilian sectors. Our team includes Unveil, Ohio State University (a leader in medical simulation training), Stottler Henke (intelligent tutoring and adaptive training experts), and Innovative Tactical Training Solutions (producers of a combat training manikin). Expected outcomes are the MART prototype and a principled guide for creating AR-based training.

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