Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis of Verbal and Behavioral Data in Dynamic Mission Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-6529
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-058-1511
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-058
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
Paul Allopenna
Cognitive Scientist
(781) 496-2486
pallopenna@aptima.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Assessment of communications in simulation based training suffers from (1) slow pace, (2) a reliance on communications data to the exclusion of behavioral and contextual data, (3) use of a single language model to handle multiple forms of language, and (4) failure to systematically address Mission Essential Competencies. We propose to build on our insights and success from Phase I to (1) develop a communications assessment system that generates assessments immediately, for use in After Action Review. We will (2) combine linguistic and behavioral data as input to an integrated system, and communications context as a cue to (3) choose between several communications models the one with the greatest accuracy. Finally, (4) we will apply this system to assess well-validated, Mission Essential Competencies in Distributed Mission Operations. In particular, we propose to develop a model of knowledge and skills associated with Air-to-Air and AWACS training based on validated MECs, evaluate it, and develop an assessment module that can be integrated into a training system such as the DMO. We call this system DECA2DE: Dynamic Embedded Communication & Action Assessment in Distributed Environments (see Figure 1).

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