The Virtual Observer/Controller (O/C) --- Intelligent Coaching in Dismounted Warrior Simulations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DASW0103P0623
Agency Tracking Number: A033-0203
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Sonalysts, Inc.
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, 06385
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 H. George Banta
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3844
 banta@sonalysts.com
Business Contact
 Denise Grudier
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3652
Email: dgrudier@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
 WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
 Neil Heffernan
 100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA, 01609
 (508) 831-5669
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Sonalysts, Inc., along with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Advanced Interactive Systems (AIS), proposes to investigate the feasibility of developing an approach for modifying an existing intelligent tutoring technology and a simulationenvironment so that an intelligent tutor can be paired with a user engaged in a simulated dismounted infantry training exercise. The goal of this approach is to provide soldiers with a virtual observer controller that performs real-time coaching andfeedback functions similar to those provided by an actual observer controller or unit leaders. A front-end analysis will be conducted to determine which collective tasks will be coached. Measures of performance and effectiveness for these collectivetasks will be determined by a review of current doctrinal manuals and interviews with subject-matter experts. The currently used measures of performance will also be examined. The intelligent tutor must be able to recognize multiple means ofaccomplishing the mission, when the mission has been accomplished to standard, and when and how to intercede and provide feedback to the soldiers without becoming distracting to them. The end product of this feasibility analysis will be a Concept ofOperations and identification of the preliminary requirements for a Phase II prototype. The Army's investment into dismounted soldier simulation training systems is substantial. By integrating intelligent tutoring capabilities into those simulationtraining systems, Sonalysts provides substantial benefit. The tutoring capability effectively multiplies the effectiveness of existing human training staff allowing increased student throughput without increasing the recurring cost of the trainingpipeline. Providing a demonstrably improved level of training without requiring more training personnel will create a significant economic payback. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been an increasing recognition that some ofthe military's training is suitable for law enforcement and first responder communities. This is particularly true in dismounted infantry training where the SVS simulation system proposed here is already in use. The same benefits that accrue to the DoDcommunity by adding intelligent tutoring to simulation training also accrue in the civilian sector.

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