Virtual Observer Controllers for Adaptive Training (VOCAT)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0247
Agency Tracking Number:
O113-CR1-4047
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD11-CR1
Solicitation Number:
2011.3
Small Business Information
Discovery Machine Incorporated
454 Pine Street, Suite 1C, Williamsport, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
128516114
Principal Investigator:
Todd Griffith
CTO
(570) 329-0251
tgriffith@discoverymachine.com
Business Contact:
Anna Griffith
CEO
(570) 916-6044
agriffith@discoverymachine.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This proposal describes how adaptive training for tactical decision making can be obtained through the use of Virtual Observer/Controllers (VO/C), which shall be developed to mimic human observer/controllers (O/Cs). Our objective in this proposal is to use our patented reflection technology to model VO/Cs that can perform the jobs of a human O/C for an Anti-Submarine Warfare Evaluator (ASWE), thus developing an adaptive training solution for ASW that effectively and efficiently individualizes training for trainees by identifying non-optimal instances of state and/or performance, identifying the root cause(s) of issues, mitigating root cause(s) of issues in an appropriate manner, and summarizing trainee status post-scenario via a comprehensive, targeted AAR. The end result is a training system that helps to enable realistic training. Although our approach shall be general, the proposed effort shall focus on the needs of our HIFAST transition partner, with initial focus on the ASWE. The ASWE is critical to operations and targeted for early transition of training. The proposed Virtual Observer Controllers for Adaptive Training (VOCAT) shall leverage work from past efforts in creating domain specific consoles to support instructors in training. We focus on the capture of expertise from instructors and the design of the VOCAT console.

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