Higher Automated Learning (HAL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0277
Agency Tracking Number: O113-CR1-4093
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-CR1
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Carlin
 Modeling and Simulations Scientist
 (781) 496-2444
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
The preparation of training materials is a labor-intensive process. It typically starts with manual task analysis or knowledge elicitation sessions requiring significant time commitments from both training professionals and SMEs. Those products must then be manually transformed into the building blocks for training content development and learning assessment. Clearly it would be of great benefit to automate the development of training materials, and the proposed solution Higher Automated Learning (HAL), represents a first step in that direction. HAL uses a Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDP) model based on the domain ontology and student performance data to model the learning of the target domain. HAL"s model will feature nodal representations of students"actual learning states as they progress (or struggle) through the curriculum. Additionally, HAL will automate the definition of metrics and assessments to provide trainees with a sense of where they stand, what their future performance potential is, and what experiences might support more rapid improvement. When fully developed at the end of Phase II, HAL will accelerate and deepen the development of student/trainee models and enable automatic discovery of performance metrics, which identify critical relationships among key constructs and support diagnostic assessments of student states.

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