ANSIBLE: A Network of Social Interactions for Bilateral Life Enhancement

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CJ16P
Agency Tracking Number: 124787
Amount: $123,781.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: H12.03
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SIFT, LLC
MN, Minneapolis, MN, 55401-1480
Duns: 103477993
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peggy Wu
 Principal Investigator
 (612) 669-6224
 pwu@sift.net
Business Contact
 Linda Holje
Title: Finance and Admin Official
Phone: (612) 226-5061
Email: lholje@sift.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
ANSIBLE (A Network of Social Interactions for Bilateral Life Enhancement) can be used pre, during, and post flight to connect the flight crew with their family, friends, and the ground crew to provide a sense of social consistency and permanence. ANSIBLE is a multi-modal toolset that 1) adapts, rearranges, and modifies human interaction streams to minimize the disruptive impact of communication latencies and 2) leverages virtual worlds (VW) to provide a space where humans and intelligent virtual agents (VA) can be companions, advisors, provided psychological support, and share experiences. VAs capable of detecting changes in astronaut psychosocial states can increase astronaut self-awareness, suggest countermeasures, and provide rehearsal scenarios to maintain and enhance interpersonal skills. University of Southern California(USC)'s Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT) have been at the forefront of applying VWs and VAs to training, therapy, and even detection of depression. SIFT will leverage its ongoing work with NASA's BHP group in unobtrusive detection of psychosocial dimensions, and work together with Dr. Jacquelyn Morie to apply and enhance these technologies to define the future social landscape that connects the flight crew with Earth.

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