Pedagogical Agents for TPED Training

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-6681
Award Id:
78926
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-025-1338
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
CraigHaimson
Cognitive Scientist
(202) 842-1548
haimson@aptima.com
Business Contact:
MargaretClancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop the TPED Pedagogical Agent Coaching Technology (T-PACT) which will comprise a system of agent-based models and supporting technologies that enable the insertion of pedagogically-driven synthetic teammates within CrossCue, a simulation-based ISR training environment. The T-PACT system will consist of two primary agent-based components: the Adaptive Story Agent (ASA) and the Supervisory Instruction Agent (SIA). The ASA will help to bring about scenario events that create opportunities for exercising key individual- and team-level ISR-specific competencies while the SIA will assess the adequacy of student responses to these events and deliver individually-tailored instructional feedback. In addition, the ASA and SIA will be supported by the Integrated Scenario Model (ISM), which will manage agent-interpretable representations of CrossCue scenario materials, in addition to storing records of the events that occur within CrossCue scenarios and the actions that trainees generate in response to these events. Taken together, the ASA, SIA, and ISM will represent a powerful solution for using a synthetic teammate presence to deliver adaptive, effective training and assessment in a simulated ISR environment.

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