ADAPT: Adaptive Device for Adaptive Performance Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-C-0442
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-028-0586
Amount: $495,102.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T028
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Freeman
 Chief Research Officer
 (202) 842-1548
 freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
 Arizona State University
 Avery Wright
 P.O. Box 873503
Tempe, AZ, 85287-3503
 (480) 965-5479
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Irregular warfare is increasingly the dominant form of military engagement. It is dynamic and unforgiving of errors, requiring warfighters to adapt fluidly to novel, complex, and ill-defined problems. The goal of this Phase II STTR is to implement and refine a training tool that builds adaptive expertise. The system teaches the learner to recognize and understand the fundamental principles underlying features of novel problems, and systematically presents problems that stretch the student’s capability to adapt. As it is used, the system identifies the learner’s current state of adaptive expertise and intelligently selects subsequent exercises that have sufficient novelty to advance this expertise. Thus, the system – ADAPT – is both an Adaptive Device (responding to the needs of each individual) and a tool for Adaptive Performance Training. In Phase II, we will implement ADAPT and empirically validate its contents, measures, and effects. The project team of Aptima and Dr. Kurt VanLehn (Arizona State University) bring to this task: expertise in training and adaptability research and experience developing intelligent tutoring systems to enhance adaptive performance.

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