Dialogue-Based Language Training Phase II

Period of Performance: 01/05/1998 - 01/05/2000


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Micro Analysis and Design, Inc.
4949 Pearl East Circle, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator


Micro Analysis and Design, Inc. (MA&D), the University of Maryland (UMD), and Woolf and Company propose in Phase II to build upon the successful completion of our Phase I SBIR effort to develop a authorable dialog-based military information and procedural tutor. In particular, we propose to: develop an dialogue system that will allow instructional personnel to develop, expand and maintain knowledge representations; develop a system that will allow users to add new nouns to the lexical semantics structure; and develop a full English language Natural Language Processing system. The developed tutoring system will allow instructors to develop lessons in a wide variety of domains. The completed tutoring system will include: 1) an authorable knowledge base that will allow the addition and modification of domains, 2) a state of the art English natural language processing system, 3) an authoring interface to the lexical semantics structure that will allow non-linguists to enter new nouns, 4) a dialogue management and language generation system, and 5) a general-purpose instructional authoring module that will allow instructional developers to develop training material in a wide variety of domains. This tool will significantly advance the state-of-the-art in dialogue-based authoring tools and tutors. BENEFITS: Significant commercial potential exists for an intelligent tutoring system that can be directly transportable to a broad range of learning domains. The potential markets for an intelligent computerized authorable tool include training developers in the military and in industry researchers in computerbased instruction, commercial education publishers, and professional educators.