Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron:

970945

Proposal

Number:

01.01-3155A

Project Title:

Knowlede Complementarity Assessment

Program

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Intelligent Automation, Inc. will develop and

evaluate the "Knowledge Complementarity

Assessment Program" (KCAP), an automated

approach to assessing the effectiveness of

individual and crew/team training. KCAP is an

innovative combination of Latent Semantic Analysis

(LSA), a statistical procedure for text analysis, and

Intelligent Agents for Instruction (IAI), an

agent-based technology to optimize resource

selection for instruction. KCAP assesses individual

and team performance and training requirements;

evaluates the relative merits of training resources

to enhance each team members' knowledge and

performance for these requirements; and provides

adaptive, individualized training for each team

member, based on their role in a team. KCAP is a

context-independent, low-cost alternative to

domain-specific intelligent tutors. It can be used

developmentally (to monitor and plan training as it

progresses), summatively (to evaluate the team and

individuals at the completion of a sequence) and to

monitor learning retention over time. We will

explore new methods of using KCAP to assess

team members' training during their performance of

real tasks. These advances supports NASA in

evaluating training effectiveness for individual/crew

performance, and in reducing error in tasks such as

aircraft maintenance. KCAP can develop into an

affordable new training and assessment technology,

suitable for use in many operational environments.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The proposed work will result in development of a

powerful technology that will be effective and

efficient in providing methods to assess the

effectiveness of training for groups or individuals,

and to use that information to guide training

programs. Using the Web, small training programs,

without sufficient financial resources to conduct

significant evaluation studies alone could use

KCAP through a "fee-for-service website."

Another product/service will be providing

KCAP-based validations of performance based

assessments, which could be provided through the

Web or through typical commercial software

distribution mechanisms. These will complement

IAI's other education and training-oriented Web

services and products.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Dr. Jacqueline A. Haynes

Intelligent Automation,Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,

City/State/Zip)

Joseph E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Intelligent Automation, Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850