Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-06-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A052-187-2076
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: A05-187
Solitcitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 967259946
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Gildea
 Human Factors Psychologist
 (781) 496-2400
 kgildea@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A major requirement for effective weapon system evaluation, construct development, and training in constructive simulations is the ability to adequately represent behaviors in response to suppressive fire during urban combat. Current simulations lack adequate representation of the behavioral effects of suppressive fire as well as methods for using available data to quickly update these representations to reflect current realities. We propose to address the need for realistic, flexible, easy-to-update representations by designing and prototyping a framework for Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT). Our human centric approach is characterized by a formal knowledge elicitation process, which will identify the requirements for modeling and simulation, including a schema for categorizing suppression cues and their associated behaviors. We will then focus on identifying candidate information sources and framework modules that will provide an enhanced representation of the role of suppression in decision making and performance. Finally, we will prototype a conceptual model, which will focus on incorporating perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral inputs, and a system for populating and including the framework in the IWARS. We will utilize experts within our team to develop the REACT framework, populate it with realistic data, and review its potential to support other DoD simulations.

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