Instructional System for Enhancing Seakeeping Cognitive Readiness and Decision-Making Skills

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: USAZ22-02-P-0020
Agency Tracking Number: O012-0067
Amount: $98,862.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gavin Lintern
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 496-2428
 lintern@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Planing hull craft pose unique safety challenges. The Mark V Special Operations Craft, for instance, carries Special Operations Forces in littoral waters and travels at very high speeds. Failure to adequately negotiate wave conditions may result ininjury to the crew and damage to the craft. The requisite seakeeping skills, however, are difficult to master. What is needed is a comprehensive instructional system that improves safety and compresses learning. In this project, we will demonstrate amethodology for training system design that is focused on the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for seakeeping. Because of the difficulty of understanding the precise nature of seakeeping expertise, our strategy employs a multifaceted approachbased on intense observation and analysis. This strategy includes a formal review of the task situation to identify relationships for control, followed by an analysis of expert performance to assess which of those possibilities is exploited, and finally,an empirical evaluation to confirm that those relationships are used in operational performance. These analyses will enable us to define principles of seakeeping from which we will develop training strategies. We will illustrate our approach through aconceptual prototype of a training system that speaks directly to critical abilities. The outcome of this program of development will be a comprehensive training system that is specifically tuned t

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