IMPACTS – A tool for the Improvement And Measurement of Perceptual, Attentional, and Critical Thinking Skills

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0149
Agency Tracking Number: N081-062-0650
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-062
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
 Jared Freeman
 Vice President, Research
 (202) 842-1548
 freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Attacks against patrols and convoys have become one of the defining characteristics of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with ambushes by snipers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) accounting for a large proportion of US casualties due to the difficulty of detecting these threats in a complex and foreign environment. This proposal respond to the problem by presenting a plan to develop IMPACTS, a comprehensive system for the Improvement And Measurement of Perceptual, Attentional, and Critical Thinking Skills. IMPACTS consists of several components, which provide capabilities such as anomaly detection training, decision support, team collaboration, and training content development. IMPACTS features several innovations in instructional technology to ensure efficient, accelerated learning. In Phase I, we focus on addressing several key enablers needed for system development, including acquisition of domain knowledge, development of methods and technologies for optimizing training in that domain, and identification of a suitable testbed for developing training materials and approaches.

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