The Visualization Training Assistant

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N61339-05-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-019-0848
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-019
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION, INC.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator:
Jaqueline Haynes
Executive Vice President
(301) 294-5260
jhaynes@i-a-i.com
Business Contact:
Mark James
Contracts and Proposals Manager
(301) 294-5221
mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As computer capabilities to generate visualization grow and research-based findings on instructionally effective visualizations grow, designers of instruction will find it difficult to keep up with best practices in applying appropriate and effective visualization techniques. Hence, the Visualization Training Assistant (VisTrAs) will be developed by Intelligent Automation Inc. to (a) deliver guidance in creating effective visualizations for training, (b) provide libraries of components with the capability to present effective visualizations, and (c) assist in embedding the objects in instruction using common instructional authorware. VisTrAs will use a case-based reasoning shell to provide guidance. We will populate the knowledge base for the reasoning tool with best practices derived from a literature review and guided by a panel of experts with diverse backgrounds. The interface will be extensively tested for use by instructional designers; we will use those findings to ensure that our product meets users' needs and expectations. We will demonstrate that objects with effective visualization methods can be placed in a library, and then extracted and inserted into instruction by instructional designers using common authorware.

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