Handheld Intelligent Tutors Personalized for Individual Training (HITPOINT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: D122-004-0018
Amount: $99,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB122-004
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Weyhrauch
 Principal Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: mfelix@cra.com
Research Institution
Training first responders to efficiently select and effectively carry out emergency medical procedures in dynamic, highly stressful, and novel environments remains a challenge. Many traditional training techniques focus on frequent repetition and memorization of basic lifesaving tasks. However, responders need an expert knowledge of the underlying anatomy and reasoning behind those tasks to effectively adapt them to novel situations. Training this expertise varies greatly across responders, who come to the training with unique skill sets, training needs, and aptitudes. We propose to design and demonstrate games that teach first responder skills and reinforce generalizable physiology principles through Handheld Intelligent Tutors Personalized for Individual Training (HITPOINT). HITPOINT will help responders simultaneously learn critical first-aid skills and understand the underlying principles of physiology by combining engaging gameplay, tailored performance feedback and guidance, and underlying STEM-based training methods. Through a unique blend of an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) and a realistic simulation of physiological systems, trainees will be able to go beyond rote learning of lists of rules and actively explore the realistic reaction of those systems to various lifesaving approaches. Combined, these methods will identify and address trainees"unique pedagogical needs while providing the fundamental understanding necessary to face novel lifesaving situations.

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