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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-C-6401
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1357
Amount: $500,700.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
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 Invesigator
 (860) 326-3792
 mccarthy@sonalysts.com
Business Contact
 Jean Miceli
Title: Sr. Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3787
Email: jmiceli@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) are becoming increasingly popular and prevalent in the military domain. The ability to train RPA crews is a significant challenge facing the community. A particularly vexing part of this problem is training the members of the crew to function as a team. RPA crews must effectively interact with stakeholders who are located around the world. Unfortunately, RPA crewmembers have essentially no opportunity to practice this coordination until they are conducting live missions. The REmotely Piloted Aircraft Synthetic Tutor (REPAST) technology will address this deficiency by providing synthetic agents that can realistically interact with the RPA team members. If a human is available to fill a given role, one will. If not, a synthetic agent will be used as a substitute. Automated and semi-automated performance assessment will enable real-time and after-action coaching. The REPAST synthetic agents are equipped with cognitive models and natural language processing capabilities that allow them to act and communicate as integral team members.

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