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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-08-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: N061-018-0432
Amount: $779,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-018
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: N
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Principal Investigator
 Webb Stacy
 Vice President, Technolog
 (781) 496-2437
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Virtual and constructive simulation environments provide powerful practice for warfighters because they offer realistic events to which the 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 they generally fail to define the pedagogical aspects of the scenario. Lacking the explicit pedagogical scenario goals, training events based on these scenarios can not be optimized to achieve the training objectives. To meet these challenges, Aptima is developing PRESTO (Pedagogically Relevant Engineering of Scenarios for Training Objectives), which will include support for developing pedagogically sound training scenarios and provide training runtime support for SAF operators to focus on bringing about the experiences the trainee needs to achieve their training objectives. PRESTO will also develop scenario language components to describe the pedagogical aspects of the scenario for incorporation into other scenario definition languages. PRESTO will be able to support a variety of simulation environments.

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