Automated Creation, Self-Organization, and Adaptation of Multi-Media Tactical System Training Material for Anywhere/Anytime Delivery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: N052-090-0275
Amount: $149,642.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-090
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
HARMONIA, INC.
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 016442399
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 President & CEO
 (540) 951-5901
 mabrams@harmonia.com
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Title: VP, Marketing & Product Management
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Email: psaboo@harmonia.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To reduce the effort of ensuring that multi-media training reflects tactical system operation and actual Fleet use, we propose innovative technology to help automate production of training material, based on emerging standards (Sharable Content Object Reference Model [SCORM], User Interface Markup Language [UIML]). Compared to today's rigid computer-based training, we improve learning effectiveness by dynamically self-organizing a muti-media training sequence to fit the student's knowledge, skills, abilities, past training, role, current demonstrated proficiency, and mission- or doctrine-induced changes to tasks, conditions, and standards. This adaptation incorporates proficiency demonstrated while taking the course, using feedback from online student assessment, student keystroke analysis, and optionally eye tracking. Our architecture is based on lessons learned from our work as a subcontractor on the $100M Army Training Information Architecture-Migrated (ATIA-M) project. We make training interfaces adaptable to display device characteristics - using reverse/forward engineering and transformation technology we developed to deliver U.S. Army Reimer Digital Library documents to handheld devices - and to network bandwidth to deliver courses anytime/anywhere. Our proposed technology integrates with learning content and learning management systems to leverage existing Navy investment, which will be demonstrated live with SAIC's ATIA-M enterprise facility used to host U.S. Army and Department of Homeland Security training.

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