RPA Simulated Operational Communications and Coordination Integration for Aircrew Learning (SOCIAL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6288
Agency Tracking Number: O113-CR3-1091
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-CR3
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, -
DUNS: 077317766
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McCarthy
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3792
Business Contact
 Jean Miceli
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3787
Email: jmiceli@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
The DoD is facing significant challenges in training Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) crews. At the same time that the popularity of RPAs is increasing and the need for qualified crews is skyrocketing, airspace restrictions and limitations in simulators are making it increasingly difficult to offer effective training opportunities. To help the DoD meet these challenges, Sonalysts and our teammates are proposing to develop the REmotely Piloted Aircraft Synthetic Tutor (REPAST). REPAST is based on three innovative pillars. First, the event-based approach to training provides a theoretically rigorous and empirically validated instructional foundation. Second, interactions with members of the broader Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) community will be simulated by synthetic agents that use natural language processing to communicate with RPA crew members. Third, intelligent tutoring techniques are used to assess performance, provide feedback, and control task saturation, scenario difficulty, and curriculum progression.

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