Fidelity in Learning Environments for the Effectiveness of Training (FLEET)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: N081-012-1196
Amount: $737,162.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-012
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
 Jamie Estock
 Human Factors Scientist
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Training professionals recognize the need for more efficient and effective training, and they view simulators as a means to supplement live training at decreased costs. Though skill transfer from simulators to live-fly is likely to be high, there are currently no standard tools available for identifying the minimum level of simulator fidelity required for effective training and no standard performance measures for assessing the impact of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness. In Phase II of the FLEET effort, Aptima will develop: (1) a simulator fidelity training rubric derived from F/A-18 subject-matter expert input, and verified experimentally, that identifies the minimum simulator fidelity requirements for training F/A-18 missions; (2) validated F/A-18 pilot performance measures that are sensitive to changes in simulator fidelity and useful for F/A-18 training; and (3) the PM Engine and SPOTLITE measurement technologies customized for use in Naval aviation training facilities. The measures, measurement technologies, and training rubric can be used by simulator acquisition professionals in fidelity experiments to support the critical acquisition decision-making process and by training program developers and instructors to facilitate the use of the appropriate simulators for specific missions, as well as providing feedback to trainees through debrief sessions.

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