Virtual Puckster

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N61339-07-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-212-1692
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-212
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
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:
E. Webb Stacy
Cognitive Scientist
(781) 496-2437
wstacy@aptima.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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