Scenario Engineering for Assessment of Multi-participant Adaptive Training Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0351
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-007-0367
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T007
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
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
 Webb Stacy
 V.P. of Technology
 (781) 496-2437
 wstacy@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
 Oklahoma University
 Tena Smith
 660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK, 7319
 (405) 325-6140
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Large Scale Training exercises such as the Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint (FST-J) demand incredible resources and effective planning. Prioritization of training events cannot guarantee that every training objective for every trainee can be met, particularly in environments where participants are disparately skilled. A new solution is needed to manage the training experiences of all participants. Aptima and the University of Oklahoma (OU) propose to develop Scenario Engineering for Assessment of Multi-participant Adaptive Training Environment (SEAMATE). SEAMATE is a novel approach to training scenario engineering that marries proven technology with established performance measurement theory to provide a seamless learning environment for all participants, despite disparities in skill level or experience. The Aptima/OU Team will leverage Item Response Theory to identify the item equivalent of a scenario experience. These experiences will populate a matrix, from which appropriate experiences can be drawn at the right level of difficulty to meet individual training needs. SEAMATE will expand upon Aptima’s PRESTO and A-Measure technologies to manage the presentation of scenario events, based on pre-test and real-time assessments of performance, tailored to individual training needs to meet training objectives based on pre-test and real-time assessments of performance.

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