Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron:

971117

Proposal

Number:

10.05-2100

Project Title:

ICAT Enhanced Multimedia-Based

Training

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

LinCom Corporation is proposing an innovative

approach to improving training for ground support

and mission operation personnel by embedding the

capabilities of NASA's award winning Intelligent

Computer Aided Training (ICAT) software into

mainstream commercial Computer Based Training

(CBT) tools. NASA has invested over ten years of

research and development into ICAT technology.

ICAT reflects state-of-the-art technology for

developing high-fidelity interactive training

systems. However, this technology has primarily

been confined to federal laboratories, universities,

and a few corporations. Traditional Computer

Based Training (CBT) software is now beginning to

require extensive high-end features beyond the

standard integration of sound, video, and animation.

Current corporate expectations include advanced

student interactions, sophisticated user tracking,

and extensive navigation features similar to those

already available in ICAT. The innovation of

integrating ICAT, whose focus is on "learning by

doing", with CBT would be a natural fit and would

satisfy this demand. Since the use of

commercial-off-the-shelf CBT authoring tools for

training in mission operations at NASA is an

established and growing practice, intelligent

tutoring that would encompass student performance

throughout a CBT training module would

dramatically increase the power of the training



Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

Anyone who develops courseware using the most

popular CBT authoring systems - such as

Authorware, Toolbook, Quest, IconAuthor, and

Director - is a potential customer for the ICAT

CBT Plug-In. This includes courseware developers

from industry, government, education or in CBT

consulting. These developers will typically maintain

a portfolio of products that expand the functionality

of their work. The ICAT CBT Plug-In will be

designed for seamless integration into any delivery

method, whether via CD-ROM, Internet, LAN or

DVD, thereby assuring the broadest possible

commercial application. A follow-on market for

upgrades, technical support and custom

development will also be created.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

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

Ms. Grace Hua

LinCom Corporation

1020 Bay Area Blvd., Suite#200

Houston , Tx 77058-2628

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

City/State/Zip)

Dr. Bob Culpepper

LinCom Corporation

1020 Bay Area Blvd., Suite #200

Houston , Tx 77058-2628