An Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) for Future Combat Systems (FCS) Robotic Vehicle Command
ARMY RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING COMMAND ORLANDO FL SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER
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Under the Armys Future Combat Systems FCS concept, the warfighter manning a Control Vehicle CV crewstation must maintain situational awareness and apply tactical decision-making principles in a heightened information-rich setting with distributed vehicles and sensors under his command. This paper discusses a proof-of-concept Intelligent Tutoring System ITS to provide scenario-based practice for the FCS soldier. In this context, a limited principle hierarchy serves as the instructional basis for the training system and the automated evaluation of student actions in an FCS scenario. Embedded training systems for this domain must be integrated with a variety of software packages using a common protocol. This system communicates with the OneSAF Test Bed OTB simulation environment, and the control interface for networked robotic vehicles under the students command. In addition to the fundamental tactical principles, students are also monitored for their mastery with the task of translating tactical intentions to robotic commands correctly executed in the control interface. The ITS observes the students actions and performance in a simulated scenario and produces specifically tailored feedback on principles executed correctly and incorrectly. Design issues for the development of an ITS for the FCS domain also include the need to facilitate scenario authoring, and the objective of providing a flexible architecture that can switch between real-time feedback during scenario execution versus strictly after action review. This proof-of-concept system aims to provide a foundation for future training systems based on the same architecture, but supporting team training on multiple scenarios with multiple simultaneous participants.
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