Intelligent Agents for Real-Time Story Adaptation for Training Assessment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$729,306.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N61339-05-C-0142
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-226-2641
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-226
Small Business Information
SOAR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
3600 Green Court Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator
 Lisa Holt
 Research Scientist II
 (734) 327-8000
 lholt@soartech.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Dallas
Title: Vice President, Federal S
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: adallas@soartech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Simulation-based training offers the potential for relatively low cost training available at any time and almost any duty station. However, a main drawback of simulation-based training is the lack of oversight in the training process. Simulations often depend on a fixed number of pre-defined training scenarios that are designed to test training objectives but often do not deliver a training experience customized to the specific trainee’s current level of skill and understanding. We propose developing an Interactive Storytelling Architecture for Training (ISAT) using an intelligent agent, the director, that assembles training scenarios designed to test the skill level of specific trainees. The director also acts in the course of the execution of the training scenario to provide indirect feedback about trainee actions, subtly adapting the training environment to stress skills and suggest remediation. The ISAT prototype will show how the director can use a skill model both to create a multi-scene training narrative to test specific skills and also to act within the evolution of a scene to provide feedback and guidance to a trainee. Implementation will enable preliminary evaluation of ISAT. We will use three evaluation dimensions to evaluate ISAT—authenticity of context, training effectiveness, and cost factors.

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