An Adaptive Cultural Trainer for Development of Cultural Aptitude in Warfighters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,993.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0161
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
O102-HS8-4084
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD10-HS8
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator
 Michael Lent
 President and CEO
 (734) 327-8000
 vanlent@soartech.com
Business Contact
 Michael Lent
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: contracts@soartech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Current conflicts increasingly require the military to win the support the local population and this starts by understanding their environment and building relationships with them. In this proposal, the team of SoarTech, Vcom3D and Proxima Intercultural propose a novel training architecture in which warfighters can learn how to use face-to-face interaction as a tool to produce population level effects. This architecture, the Population-based Adaptive Cultural Trainer (PACT), integrates our prior work in cultural behavior architectures (including face-to-face interaction and population modeling) and pedagogical experience manipulation and will provide a training system in which interactions with local populations affect shifts in local opinion, perception, movement, and so forth and in which the scenario adjusts in difficulty based in part on neural/physiological sensors to keep players motivated, interested, and at an optimal learning level.

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