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March 20, 2013

Lester and Mott to Study Simulation-Based Combat Medic Training

Dr. James Lester, professor, and Dr. Bradford Mott, research scientist, in the Computer Science Department at NC State University, have been awarded $478,592 by Columbia University/US Army Research Laboratory to support their research proposal titled “Detection and Transition Analysis of Engagement and Affect in a Simulation-Based Combat Medic Training Environment.
The award will run from December 19, 2012 through December 18, 2015.
Abstract - The project will develop automated detectors that can infer the engagement and affect of trainees learning through the vMedic training system. This project will combine interaction-based methods for detecting these constructs (e.g., models making inference solely from the trainee’s performance history) with scalable sensor-based methods for detecting these constructs, towards developing models that can leverage sensor information when it is available, but which can still assess trainee engagement and affect effectively even when sensors are not available. The automated detectors will be developed, integrated together, and validated for accuracy when applied to new trainees.
For more information on Dr. Lester, click here.
For more information on Dr. Mott, click here.

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