Strategic Interactive Narration and Presentation Tool (SINAPT)

Period of Performance: 12/14/2007 - 08/04/2008


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Intelligent Models, Inc.
10303 Sweetwood Ave Array
Rockville, MD 20850
Principal Investigator


In a world of increasingly complicated ideas, stakeholders need to rapidly, accurately, and effectively communicate ideas to audiences. Three main types of problems detract from this communication. First, the neural structure of the brain inhibits learning through several mechanisms. Second, audience understanding is partly dependent on interaction with the presenter and other members and buy-in to the contents of the presentation. Presentation tools often fail to provide this. Third, presentations often fail due to a presenter s failure to account for attributes such as culture and preferred modalities. To these three problems, SINAPT will present a three-pronged functionality: (1) algorithms to evaluate and improve presentations to conform to cognitive learning principles such as flashbulb memorization and memory consolidation; (2) it will allow both presenter and audience to interactively navigate through a modified and extended concept map of the presentation, so that participants aree able to alter the presentation in real-time and take home a interactive copy of the presentation at the end; (3) it will allow one to automatically test a presentation against a simulated or real audience and provide feedback to improve the presentation. Through these three functionalities, SINAPT can greatly assist both presenter and audience with communication of ideas.