Training Battery for the Rapid Formation of Cognitively Ready, Effective Teams

Period of Performance: 01/07/2011 - 07/07/2011

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Tanagram Partners
125 North HALSTED ST
Chicago, IL 60661
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This proposal outlines a method to aid in the rapid formation of cognitively ready, effective teams. It addresses key problems that exist in other training approaches, integrates and cost shares with another current OSD SBIR topic, and is directly informed by real-world situations that the soldiers will face. Real-time captured intelligence can be accessed through our Intelligent Augmented Reality Model (iARM). iARM has been concepted as an integrated digital system designed to improve decision making of military personnel in contested environments. It is composed of an integrated operating system, a data services model, and a digitally enhanced head mounted display (HMD). We propose the use of a modified version of iARM to capture scenarios. This method will inspire user acceptance in the way we present trainees with real-world terrain models and Situational Awareness elements. The resulting simulations will be created with fixed and focused training measures guided by SBT methodologies. During Phase1 we will assess how team cognitive readiness is currently covered in the training regimen, set SBT training objectives and metrics, outfit a team with head-mounted devices during training exercises, and use that as the source material for creating an immersive scenario guided by SBT methodology.