Performance Effects Related to FORce-Cueing Manipulation- (PERFORM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-6649
Agency Tracking Number: F051-078-1262
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-078
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Gildea
 Human Factors Psychologis
 (781) 496-2400
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
The goal of the PERFORM Phase II effort is to develop a predictive model-based tool, and associated metrics, to assess the impact of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness. To achieve this goal, Aptima will deliver three primary products. First, we will deliver the PERFORM tool with associated functions and algorithms. Aptima will base the PERFORM tool on an updated categorization of the levels of fidelity associated with simulator subsystems. Aptima will identify the technological, cognitive, and perceptual factors that may mediate or moderate the effects of simulator fidelity on combat mission performance. An experiment will be conducted to validate the functions and algorithms that drive the PERFORM tool. Second, Aptima will deliver a set of performance measures, formally evaluated via a sensitivity analysis and determined to be effective at evaluating the impact of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness. Aptima will validate the measures utilizing archival and experimental data from simulators of varying levels of fidelity. Finally, Aptima will deliver a transition plan for extending the PERFORM tool to other training programs that utilize simulators to train operators. Phase III efforts will extend PERFORM’s capabilities to accommodate analyses and tradeoffs in fidelity associated with training simulators used in other domains.

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