Adaptive Game for Auditory Training and Evaluation (AGATE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0725
Agency Tracking Number: O082-H02-3050
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H02
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
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
 Jason Sidman
 Team Lead, Instructional
 (781) 496-2452
 sidman@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of the Iraq War. A large percentage of Soldiers with TBI exhibits significant communication impairments, often in the absence of hearing loss. These individuals suffer from auditory processing deficits and are more likely to benefit from a cognitive training program than from hearing aids, creating a need for a training tool that would rehabilitate their communication abilities. In this project, Aptima will develop an innovative rehabilitation technology - AGATE - that will provide adaptive cognitive and metacognitive training in order to improve the ability for blast casualties and TBI victims to communicate. This game-based training system will consist of a variety of engaging events, incorporating auditory and visual components, designed to provide tailored content and feedback based on user characteristics and performance. Aptima’s AGATE will improve cognitive skills in individuals with auditory deficits, leading to more effective communication in a wide variety of settings.

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