Performance Assessment and Tracking System (iPATS)

Period of Performance: 06/24/2013 - 03/28/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: Great strides have been made regarding the integration of training within Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) environments. Gateways and data translation specifications assist different systems that use different communication protocols in cross-platform communication at an engineering level. However, little work has been conducted to ensure that derived human performance data are developed and can be communicated in a common, integrated manner. As a result, it is nearly impossible to effectively and efficiently capture, store, model, and report human performance data in a way that is usable both within and across LVC environments and systems, thus hindering current efforts to fully assess trainees readiness. To overcome these challenges, we will develop the integrated Performance Assessment and Tracking System (iPATS). Work under iPATS will include development of a common integration framework to describe the type, structure, and content required for integrating performance data across training environments and systems. When complete, iPATS will include a data warehouse for extracting and storing performance data, a mechanism for enabling the distribution of data across LVC environments, as well as a dashboard for effectively presenting integrated performance data to trainees and instructors, supporting instructor analysis of trainee readiness and training gaps. BENEFIT: iPATS will enable trainers and training researchers to (1) identify persistent gaps in readiness for trainees within and across training environments; (2) modify and provide more refined training events targeted at ameliorating shortfalls in readiness; and (3) identify, longitudinally, the training value (impact and payoff) associated with each of these environments individually, and combined.