Scalability and Reusability Methods for Intelligent Tutors and Job Performance Aids for the Maintenance of Reduced Manning Ships

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-02-C-2030
Agency Tracking Number: N02-034-20
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Sonalysts, Inc.
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, 06385
DUNS: 077317766
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Wayne
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3760
 wayne@sonalysts.com
Business Contact
 Denise Grudier
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3685
Email: dgrudier@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I effort will include a detailed methodology for the dual-use application of an intelligent tutoring system Domain Expert that supports training, and that also functions as an Intelligent Agent that supports performance in a maintenance setting.Techniques for scaling Domain Expert software to support training from system- to component-level will be examined. The Tactical Readiness Instruction, Authoring, and Delivery (TRIAD) delivery mechanism will be used to provide electronic documentationsupport in both training and performance support settings. Sonalysts ExpertTrainTM simulation-based intelligent tutoring technology will be leveraged to support design of the Domain Expert/Intelligent Agent and Learner Model. Phase II will includedevelopment of a prototype training/performance support system for maintenance tasks. This research will significantly contribute to the cost-effective development of training and performance support applications for a given domain. In other words, if thedecision is made to build an Intelligent Agent to provide performance support in a certain domain, then that same software can be used (with minimal modification) to provide training support in the same domain; and vice-versa. We expect that thetechnology developed under this SBIR topic will be employed in future naval ships (DD (X), CVNX, etc.), and within the Navy's afloat- and shore-based maintenance and training infrastructures.

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