Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-6200
Agency Tracking Number: F103-035-0701
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-035
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
21st Century Systems, Incorporated
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, -
DUNS: 949183701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Plamen Petrov
 (402) 505-7885
Business Contact
 Stuart Aldridge
Title: Sr. VP, Res&Dev
Phone: (402) 505-7887
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Airspace congestion with RPAs in close proximity to manned systems poses a serious threat for mishap. At present, RPA pilot training in airspace management is minimal. RPA operator training should consider communications, asset management, deconfliction, and coordination among RPA and manned system pilots, and air battle management personnel. 21st Century Systems, Inc. (21CSI), which has been developing intelligent agent-based decision support tools for more than 14 years, will apply its mature technology and research experience to help fill this gap. Teamed with Dr. Eduardo Salas of University of Central Florida"s Institute for Simulation and Training, an expert on team and individual training, 21CSI proposes AMADEUS, an integrated scenario development, execution, and after-action review system for robust airspace management training. AMADEUS will leverage 21CSI"s intelligent agent infrastructure and advanced resource allocation, management and coordination algorithms, successfully employed for AWACS weapons director training, as wells as its evidential reasoning technology to link coaching agents to trainee"s mission objectives, for a dynamic performance metric evaluation system with feedback into the training exercise. 21CSI"s extensive intelligent agent experience, coupled with our unequaled, perfect commercialization rating from the DOD, makes us the respondent most likely to get this capability into the hands of the warrior. BENEFIT: This effort will result in state-of-the art training system for airspace coordination and deconfliction in the combat zone, largely targeted at RPA pilots operating in airspaces shared with or adjacent to manned aircraft. This openly architected agent-based trainer will be flexible to advances in visualization, verbal and text-based communications and other enhancements, as they become available. After successfully demonstrating technical feasibility in Phase I, Phase II efforts will be dedicated to the full-fledged implementation of the AMADEUS Virtual Trainer prototype which will take the concept"out of the laboratory"and into a limited demonstration and testing with SMEs and RPA operators. Through expert feedback, training methodology expertise, and a strong technical background, the AMADEUS trainer will deliver a robust multi-modal training capability, useful in single-user scenarios or in large team training exercises. Its component-based architecture will allow the tool to easily integrate with existing simulation and training systems, augmenting their value for mixed manned/RPA system operator training.

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