AI Middleware for Human Social-Cultural Behavior Training Games

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0335
Agency Tracking Number: O081-CR1-4110
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-CR1
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randolph Jones
 Senior Scientist
 (207) 872-6720
 rjones@soartech.com
Business Contact
 James Rosbe
Title: President
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For effective training in higher-level decision-making and social-interaction skills, there is a need for computer game technology to provide more realistically human-like non-player characters. As a cost-effective path for integrating greater social-cultural realism into game simulations, we propose a set of AI (Artificial Intelligence) Middleware layers that allow easy extensibility and configuration at a variety of levels of abstraction in game designs. We plan to determine an appropriate game concept and engine, create AI Middleware that is particularly geared toward social-cultural human behavior, and develop an example game instantiation of the design. The implemented game engine will have a relatively open architecture, and plug-in application programmer interfaces (APIs) that provide control of non-player characters (NPCs) in standard ways as well as in ways specific for the modeling of social-cultural human behavior. The system will support alternative human behavior architectures, and provide scripting and behavior-modeling interfaces to allow rapid development of simple and/or well-understood behavior models, but also provide an appropriate migration path for developers (and possibly end users) to improve the models in the areas where more sophistication is desirable.

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