Physiological-based Tools for Virtual Environment Fidelity Design Guidance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0598
Agency Tracking Number: N074-028-0065
Amount: $496,429.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T028
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Infoneering, Inc.
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
 thomas-schnell@uiowa.edu
Business Contact
 Russ Schmeiser
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (319) 337-7059
Email: rschmeiser@aol.com
Research Institution
 University of Iowa
 Thomas Schnell
 3131 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA, 52242 1527
 (319) 631-4445
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal describes the proposed implementation of the concept of the Quality of Training Effectiveness Assessment (QTEA) system. This concept was developed in Phase I (N074-028-0065). 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 physiological measures. The benefit of our proposed system is that it will enable quantitative specification of VE fidelity requirements and thus avoid costly over specification of such systems. It will also benefit the trainee by providing real-time training performance feedback. We will collaborate with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and PMA-205 to enhance Navy training effectiveness through integration of physiological assessment modules into existing training systems. Base program: $500k, 18 months. Mature QTEA sensor and algorithm package to TRL 6. Conduct human factors experiment to test QTEA system. Option I: $250k, 9 months. Develop automatic scenario difficulty adjustment capability. Option II: $750k, 12 months (1:1 match. $350k STTR/$350k PMA-205). Validate QTEA in an actual flight training environment.

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