Virtual Puckster

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N61339-07-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: A062-212-1692
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-212
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 E. Webb Stacy
 Cognitive Scientist
 (781) 496-2437
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
A key challenge for future immersive mission rehearsal and training systems is the control of computer-generated opposing and supporting friendly forces. Currently, large numbers of personnel (or “pucksters”) are required to control computer-generated forces (CGFs), especially in simulated urban environments. In deployed settings, particularly for rehearsals at the platoon or company level, pucksters are not generally available in sufficient numbers to provide a useful exercise. Aptima will develop an operator control unit for CGFs that will provide a functionality we call virtual pucksters. Based on the commander’s rehearsal or training objectives for his warfighters, the Virtual Puckster system will take orders from a company or platoon commander about what kind of experiences to replicate within a scenario. The system will then apply an appropriate level of intelligent behavior for the CGFs in order to provide this experience. Our approach combines gaming insights for easy-to-control entities with unique technology to embed training objectives in simulation scenarios. The Virtual Puckster system will be developed using a framework and interface based on a domain analysis and will allow a platoon leader or company commander to direct effective mission rehearsal and training exercises with little or no support from additional personnel.

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