High-level tools and languages for faster Intelligent Tutoring System(ITS) model development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$491,700.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-13-C-0156
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-032-0147
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T032
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Brian Stensrud
Research Scientist
(407) 542-7830
stensrud@soartech.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Dallas
Vice President
(734) 887-7603
contracts@soartech.com
Research Institution:
University of Southern California
Amechi T Akpom
ICT Branch
12015 Waterfront Drive
Playa Vista, CA, 90094-
(310) 448-0355
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) hold the promise of dramatically decreasing the cost of training while also providing consistent, formalized instruction with automated trainee-assessment tools. However, the adoption of ITSs has been limited because: (1) most ITS systems are developed for specific, well defined, domains and cannot be easily adapted; and (2) they are time consuming and expensive to develop. SoarTech, together with the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), seeks to address these issues through a novel approach called FACITS (Fast Authoring of Content for ITSs). Our Phase I effort emphasized areas in which we can develop or adapt cost-effective authoring tools and exploit patterns to streamline the development of intelligent tutoring systems, specifically for ill-defined domains. In Phase I, using ICT"s INOTS (Immersive Naval Officer Training System) as our domain and target platform, we researched and designed a pair of authoring tools that allow content authors to more easily generate new ITS content. In phase II we propose to develop, evaluate and integrate the tools designed in Phase I of our research. We anticipate that the use of these authoring tools will result in a significant reduction in the expertise, time and cost required to develop ITS content.

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