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Proposal Number: 0921121
Proposal Title: Intelligent Bio-Adaptive Team Training System
Topic Number: H-SB09.2-007
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Enhancing Training Effectiveness through Cognitive State Assessment
Organization: Human Bionics
Address: 190 N 21st Street, Suite B
Purcellville, VA 20132-3077  
Abstract: As we face new formidable challenges in the area of global asymmetric warfare, the DHS must be able to rapidly train and test those individuals responsible for screening of persons that may wish to bring harm to the U.S. and its allies. Thus there is a vast need to train individuals faster and to improve training outcomes, possibly by training in teams of screeners working together to improve their operational and situational readiness. Training of personnel to ensure requisite job preparedness with the appropriate operational experience is crucial for mission success. Today`s training environment relies on traditional classroom type sessions utilizing lectures, videos, and web-based methods to communicate the information that screeners need to adequately perform their job. To this end, new methodologies and ideas for training include Team Training Scenarios, which are being presented and awaiting validation under real-world conditions. Team Training allows social interactions among participants, which may reinforce training content uptake and retention through cross associations with other team members. Human Bionics (HB) is leveraging three year`s experience collecting and examining changes in psychophysiological signals from volunteers performing a host of militarily relevant tasks under simulated and real-world conditions. The overall purpose of this work has been to test human-computer mitigation methods and identify an appropriate set of physiological signals and features capable of improving the current state of Screener Training. In Phase I we will determine the feasibility of extending an existing prototype distributed training architecture to meet DHS S&T Training needs.
Award/Contract Number: N10PC20025
Period of Performance: 11/01/2009 - 05/15/2010
Award/Contract Value: $100,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $100,000.00