Authoring By Cultural Demonstration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0092
Agency Tracking Number: O092-HS4-6059
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-HS4
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Webb Stacy
 V.P. of Technology
 (781) 496-2437
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Modern military missions require soldiers to communicate effectively and at a personal level with people whose cultures, languages, lifestyles, and beliefs are very different from their own. Constructing suitable, game-based, culturally relevant scenarios to prepare soldiers for effective communication is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Aptima proposes an innovative extension of cognitive science, technology and COTS scenario-authoring tools to simplify the creation of cultural concepts by non-programmers that will run the existing scenarios in a game-engine agnostic environment. Authoring By Cultural Demonstration (ABCD) will use radial categories as a framework for generalizing from space and time to vignettes containing gesture, facial expression, language, and other cultural abstractions. ABCD will connect the generalized vignettes into a cultural envelope that constitutes the scenario. Trainee’s actions during scenario execution will be monitored to ensure that the trainee stays within the envelope and inevitably encounters the cultural training opportunity.

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