Tailoring Training for Disparately Skilled Participants in Large Scale Training Exercises

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0352
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-007-0148
Amount: $69,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T007
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
1801 South Riverside Drive, Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, IA, 52240
DUNS: 625152140
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Schnell
 Director
 (319) 631-4445
 tschnell@advancedinfoneering.com
Business Contact
 A Russ Schmeiser
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (319) 337-7059
Email: rschmeiser@advancedinfoneering.com
Research Institution
 University of Iowa
 Thomas Schnell
 Operator Performance Lab (OPL)
3131 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA, 52242 1527
 (319) 631-4445
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Large scale training exercises involve many trainees at various stages of their training maturity and at various levels of skill. Problems arise in large scale exercises when less mature or lower skilled trainees are exposed to training scenarios that are too advanced or too complex for their level of training maturity. These trainees are more likely to fail the mission they are given in the training scenario, thus reducing the benefits of training and leading to frustration in the trainee. We propose to develop a tool called SKATE (Skill Appropriate Training Environment) that will quantify skill levels of trainees, teams, or units, generate skill appropriate training objectives, modulate the difficulty of training scenarios, and provide a continuous skill-level assessment and scenario adaptation of disparately skilled trainees, teams, and units in a large scale training exercise while maintaining the overall integrity and realism of the mission itself. SKATE will evaluate the skill level of an individual, team, or unit level participants and generate a list of skill-appropriate training scenario components that can be configured into the exercise so as to fulfill the training objectives of the participants. SKATE will be designed on the basis of relational data-mining technology.

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