STEP: Simulation Testbed for Evaluating Performance

Period of Performance: 01/24/2000 - 01/24/2002


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Topics


To ensure that the Army of the 2lst century is ready for the challenges that await it, the people best suited for the Army of the future must be selected now. unfortunately, we cannot know who is best suited for tomorrow's Army until they perform in these future jobs. To evaluate individuals' performance in the future Army, we propose to develop a synthetic environment that will simulate circumstances that require the characteristics necessary for the soldier of the Future. This synthetic testbed - the Simulation Testbed for Evaluating Performance (STEP) - will use an innovative, hybrid approach that combines constructive simulation to decompose and configure the elements of synthetic tasks that capture future job requirements, and virtual simulation to create a work environment that combines those elements to create a performance assessment testbed representative of tomorrow's Army jobs. Example task elements include information management, decision making, problem solving, leadership, and situation assessment. This approach was demonstrated in Phase I, and it will be implemented in Phase II. Our multidisciplinary project team combines extensive experience in assessing and modeling the job skills of today's soldiers (Micro Analysis and Design) with a proven simulation-based approach for measuring soldier performance in simulated environments (Aptima) BENEFITS: A flexible tool that allows a user to define, simulate, and analyze performance in a complex, fast-paced, technology-intensive, simulated setting will be valuable to both government and industry for predicting how technology will change work (affecting things such as selection, training, skill needs, and product design) and how to proactively prepare for it.