ALERT2: Attentional Learning Environment for Reliable Training Transfer

Period of Performance: 09/21/2016 - 03/30/2017


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


An increasing need for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions has led to a critical need for UAS operators and imagery analysts to maintain constant attention throughout extended shifts. Fatigue inevitably leads to a lapse in vigilance, causing degraded performance and an increase in errors. Current training techniques do not address this issue, focusing primarily on job-related technical skills, and are rarely adapted for individual differences in learning characteristics. In response to this need, Aptima will develop ALERT2: Adaptive Learning Environment for Reliable Training Transfer. ALERT2 will be an adaptive system for generating individualized instruction focused on developing sustained attention. ALERT2 will conduct real-time assessments of trainee performance, mission states, and UAS-specific factors throughout a training exercise to dynamically adapt scenarios for optimized attentional training. By integrating with existing training systems and adapting existing scenarios, ALERT2 will provide a lightweight, cost-effective method for training sustained attention in UAS operators and imagery analysts.