Physiological-based Tools for Virtual Environment Fidelity Design Guidance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,997.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0345
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-028-0065
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADVANCED INFONEERING, INC.
4 Wendram Bluff NE, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625152140
Principal Investigator:
James Hauser
Senior Systems Engineer
(319) 248-1100
jphauser@advancedinfoneering.com
Business Contact:
Russ Schmeiser
Senior Program Manager
(319) 337-7059
rschmeiser@aol.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF IOWA
Thomas Schnell
3131 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA, 52242 1527
(319) 631-4445
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to use physiological sensors to measure the quality of a trainee's interaction with a virtual environment (VE) as a function of VE fidelity to enable design improvements in VEs and to enhance training effectiveness through feedback of physiological-based performance information. Currently, VE design is guided by subjective design models that involve multiple design iterations and focus on trial and error. Our approach is innovative and new because it quantifies VE fidelity requirements in terms of desired behavioral patterns in the trainee as quantified by recordable brain and peripheral bioelectrical signals. Our team has a proven track record in physiological measurement and operator performance modeling. Our team consists of a small business, a research institution, a large business commercialization partner, and a DoD collaborator. We will collaborate with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division to enhance Navy training effectiveness through integration of physiological assessment modules into existing training systems. Our approach will test VE fidelity from simulation to real-world flight. We have a tentative, additional Phase II funding commitment in the amount of $200k over the two years of phase II from an outside industrial partner.

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