ADAPT: Adaptive Device for Adaptive Performance Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0327
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-028-0586
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T028
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
 Jared Freeman
 V.P. of Research
 (202) 552-6116
 freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
 Arizona State University
 Avery Wright
 Office of Sponosred Programs
PO BOX 873503
Tempe, AZ, 85287 3503
 (480) 727-7983
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Irregular warfare is increasingly the dominant form of military engagement. It is dynamic and unforgiving of errors, requiring warfighters to adapt fluidly to novel, complex, and ill-defined problems. The goal of this STTR is to define, prototype and (in Phase II) develop a training tool that builds adaptive expertise. The system teaches the learner to recognize and understand the fundamental principles underlying features of novel problems, and systematically presents problems that stretch the student’s capability to adapt. As it is used, the system itself learns more about connections among features in the domain over time, by acting as a knowledge elicitation device. Thus, the system – ADAPT – is both an Adaptive Device (evolving over time) and a tool for Adaptive Performance Training. In Phase II, we will empirically validate and implement ADAPT. The project team of Aptima and Dr. Kurt VanLehn (Arizona State University) bring to this task: expertise in training and adaptability research, knowledge of MDA/piracy domains, and experience developing intelligent tutoring systems to enhance adaptability.

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