Physiological-based Tools for Virtual Environment Fidelity Design Guidance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$496,429.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-09-C-0598
Award Id:
83461
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-028-0065
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1801 South Riverside Drive, Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625152140
Principal Investigator:
ThomasSchnell
Director
(319) 631-4445
thomas-schnell@uiowa.edu
Business Contact:
RussSchmeiser
Chief Financial Officer
(319) 337-7059
rschmeiser@aol.com
Research Institute:
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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