Enriched Cross-Cultural and Language Familiarization Training Tools

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N61339-06-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: A052-216-0002
Amount: $69,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-216
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260, Orlando, FL, 32817
DUNS: 799834254
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 Chief Technology Officer
 (407) 737-7309
Business Contact
 Carol Wideman
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (407) 737-4695
Email: carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institution
For this Phase I SBIR project, we will develop a design baseline for authoring tools and a run-time environment for creating and delivering vignettes for cross-cultural and foreign language training. As part of these training vignettes, the learner will be able to interact with role-playing virtual humans, representing indigenous characters, using a spoken language interface. These vignettes will place the learners in realistic situations in which they must try to elicit information from the simulated characters, or to influence their behavior. Depending on his/her spoken responses to the characters' statements or actions in various situations, the learner will receive feedback in any of three forms: by observing the reaction or response of the characters; by receiving remediation on pronunciation, intonation, or prosody; or by receiving direct feedback on the content of his/her spoken response, given the situation at hand and goal that is to be achieved. For Phase I, we will not only develop and document the design baseline, but will also implement proof-of-concept software to verify technical feasibility of selected components. For Phase II, we will develop a fully functional prototype of the Authoring Tool and run-time software, and evaluate its efficacy and efficiency by creating example learning content.

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