Cultural Behavior Generation for Distributed Simulation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W91WAW-07-P-0252
Award Id:
82933
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-CR4-2079
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Reece
Senior Scientist
(407) 207-2237
douglas.reece@soartech.com
Business Contact:
James Rosbe
President
(734) 327-8000
rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
U.S. Army personnel need realistic cultural training to carry out Stability and Support Operations (SASO) in foreign environments. Virtual environments supported by simulations such as the OneSAF Objective System (OOS) could help fill this training need. To do this, the simulations must model people in foreign cultures. Today's simulations for virtual environments do not have models of intelligent human behavior that are combined with models of mental states, cultural characteristics, and physical expressions of those states and characteristics. Soar Technology, in conjunction with Vcom3D, is proposing to develop a cultural behavior generation (CBG) system that will include the components necessary for generating human behavior characteristic of people of different cultures. These components will include a cognitive behavior model, a human factors model, and a physical behavior model. In Phase I of the proposed project, Soar Technology will review existing culture modeling components and identify technologies that can be applied to the objective CBG system; identify training objectives for a CBG system and develop an exemplary scenario; develop initial designs for integrating CBG into distributed simulations in general and OOS in particular; and provide a functional demonstration of cognitive and physical behavior models working together to produce cultural behavior.

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