Authoring By Cultural Demonstration - ABCD II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1110
Amount: $743,559.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-HS4
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Webb Stacy
 V.P. of Technology
 (781) 496-2437
 wstacy@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Modern military missions require warfighters to communicate effectively and at a personal level with people whose cultures, languages, lifestyles, and beliefs are very different from their own. Constructing suitable, game-based, culturally relevant scenarios to prepare soldiers for effective communication is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Authoring By Cultural Demonstration (ABCD) is an innovative combination of cognitive science, technology, and COTS scenario-authoring tools that that enables warfighters and instructors to author culturally relevant training scenarios in a game-engine agnostic environment. A key innovation in ABCD is the division of authoring into several components: (1) machinima tools to enable input of real events to support generation of a single non-interactive plot script, output as machinima; (2) interaction tools to specify interaction choices and consequences, resulting in an interactive scenario; (3) contrasting cases tools to ensure scenarios revolve around key training principles in the form of interaction patterns; and (4) an asset library that provides culturally relevant physical locations, avatars, props, etc.. Separating the authoring process into these pieces allows existing tools, such as AI-based cinematography, conventional video editing, and radial-category-oriented stimulus and response creation, to be brought to bear on the task. The net result is a quick, easy, and nontechnical solution.

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