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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0156
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-032-0147
Amount: $1,479,024.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T032
Solicitation Number: 2011.0
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court Suite 600, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105-2588
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Stensrud
 Research Scientist
 (407) 542-7830
Business Contact
 Andrew Dallas
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 887-7603
Email: 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
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 ICTs 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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