Training Users' Cognitive Readiness for Combat Command Using an Intelligent Tutor to Model Expert Mentor Interactions by the US Army Research Institut

Period of Performance: 12/15/2000 - 06/15/2001


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CHI Systems, Inc.
2250 Hickory Road Suite 150
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Principal Investigator


The Army Research Institute has developed a curriculum for command thinking skills, called Think Like a Commander (TLAC). Although it allows new commanders to learn expert-level principles of command thinking more rapidly than traditional training, TLAC is still instructor-centric and labor intensive. CHI Systems proposes to automate the delivery of the TLAC curriculum by building an Automated Tutoring Environment for Command, or ATEC. ATEC will consist of three main components: 1) CHI Systems innovative instructional agent technology with which to build an instructional agent that replicates the knowledge and role of the human TLAC tutor, 2) a desktop Army C2 simulation also under development at CHI Systems, which provides the interactive practice environment, and 3) a web-based personalized interface, which manages the interaction between agent and trainee. The Phase I seeks to define the architecture for ATEC, build and demonstrate a proof-of-concept prototype, and define a detailed development plan for a full-scale Phase II system.The commercial value of ATEC is derived from re-application of its technology, architecture and underlying directed practice model to other problems in the commercial sector, such as network management, call center operations, and (business) management. The ATEC development team includes a leading provider of commercial simulation-based training systems in these areas (Provant Corp), who will focus the commercial transition and distribution of ATEC through its existing client base and marketing channels.