Scenario Definition Language for Modeling & Simulation (M&S)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-06-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number: N061-018-0432
Amount: $148,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-018
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Colonna-Romano
 Human-Systems Scientist
 (781) 496-2496
 jcromano@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Virtual and constructive simulation environments provide powerful practice for warfighters because they offer realistic events to which warfighters can respond. To use these environments for effective training, they must provide pedagogically sound training experiences which incorporate measures and assessments of trainee performance in relation to training objectives. Current scenario definition languages have been designed to provide high fidelity detail with respect to physical entities in the simulation environment, the interactions among them and the scenario events, but generally fail to define the pedagogical aspects of the scenario. Aptima proposes to develop PRESTO (Pedagogically Relevant Engineering of Scenarios for Training Objectives) which will include a scenario authoring tool and a Scenario Definition Language (SDL) which will support the inclusion of training objectives and performance measures into the scenario definition. PRESTO will also include converters to translate the SDL to a variety of simulation environments. BENEFITS: The use of PRESTO (Pedagogically Relevant Engineering of Scenarios for Training Objectives) will allow trainers to create pedagogically sound training scenarios more quickly than conventional methods and with limited need for engineering skills. The scenarios created will provide targeted training experiences that provide more effective training to trainees. These benefits will reduce the cost of training development and the time to deliver training.

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