Army Research Institute
2-13th Aviation Regiment – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion
ASTi integrated advanced speech recognition, synthetic speech generation, and a radio communications simulation into a U.S. Army serious game. Using this environment, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) sensor operators can practice manned-unmanned team (MUM-T) communication skills.
The challenge requirements are listed in blue, ASTi's applicable components are in black:
Replace instructors or role players with automated, intelligent, in-game entities. Students should be able to practice tactical communications without an instructor present, minimizing overhead and improving students’ flight line performance.
Construct’s framework consists of speech recognition, language understanding, artificial intelligence, and synthetic speech technologies. Within this environment, automated entities respond appropriately to students in real time and take action based on their voice input. Additionally, Construct extracts key information from trainees' communications for after-action review.
Monitor simulation status, control in-game entities, and collect/send information for after-action performance review.
Construct integrates with the U.S. Army's One Semi-Automated Forces (OneSAF) and Aptima's PM Engine™ software using its own RESTful application program interface (API). OneSAF uses the API to communicate with Construct, maintaining simulation state and triggering in-game entities to act. The API (along with DIS compatibility) allows Construct to send captured information to PM Engine for trainee evaluation and review.
Provide centralized configuration and management services.
The customer can access configuration and management services for Voisus and Construct from anywhere on the network using a browser.
Trainees should be able to participate in individual training missions at the same time.
Five or more students can run simultaneous missions on a single Voisus/Construct server. Unique DIS exercise IDs isolate training missions from each other.
Maintain ongoing compliance with stringent DoD cybersecurity certification and accreditation processes, such as DIACAP ATO and RMF.
ASTi offers an ongoing IA maintenance program or a one-time system IA hardening procedure for customers to apply into a simulator's accreditation boundary. Both approaches relieve on-site technical staff of difficult and time-consuming IA chores. ASTi’s current generation server products are based on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, the most certified operating system (OS) available today. The IA program is an ideal security solution for customers who require even more rigorous IA controls, conformance to DoD standards, and OS patch management throughout the product’s lifetime.
The system should provide a clear path to add new missions, scenarios, content, and interactions.
Construct's web-based interface and plug-in architecture allow engineers and subject-matter experts to add new content and expand the TCTE's training capabilities.
Live, Virtual, Constructive & Gaming (LVC-G) voice comms delivered to PCs, tablets and games
Create an active communications environment