Pedagogical Agents for TPED Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-6681
Agency Tracking Number: F061-025-1338
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-025
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
 Craig Haimson
 Cognitive Scientist
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
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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