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IAI applies the latest research in computer, behavioral and learning sciences, game design, engineering, and mathematics, to develop innovative solutions in education, in training and performance enhancement assessment methods, and in improving human-computer and human-machine interfaces. We are leaders in creating Immersive Training Environments that provide effective, intelligent, and adaptive training in all spheres of instruction, including the military and the K-12 community. We also develop innovative Human System Integration products, using human factors engineering principles to improve human-system interfaces.

Our clients and collaborators include the Department of Education (ED), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Institute (ARI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Educational Testing Services (ETS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and several universities and businesses.

IAI is a leader in developing simulation-based Immersive Training Environments, using research-based learning theories. We integrate training, instruction and assessment into existing simulations to increase instructional effectiveness and create efficient adaptive training. One example is our Adaptive Visualization Training (AVT) assesses a students’ current skill level and inserts training interactions fostering system understanding within a practice environment. We also develop tools to enable students to learn and practice relevant skills in realistic environments, while assessing their engagement, performance, knowledge and skills. Performance Evaluation by Expert Review (PEER) assesses performance in open-ended immersive environments, while Cognitive Readiness Assessment evaluates the underlying cognitive capacity of soldiers to complete a mission before they are assigned to it.

IAI applies current instructional theories to create innovative eLearning solutions that improve basic skills and promote personal, physical and emotional well-being. IAI’s web-based medical training game, Treatment!, teaches middle school students about public health policy interventions and improves students’ test scores in problem solving situations. Our intelligent reading comprehension tutor, GradAtions, increases reading proficiency by two grade levels after only 40 hours of usage. We also build tools that support instructional designers to develop excellent instruction methods.

Within our Human Systems Integration portfolio, we design easy-to-use interfaces that improve human-system functionality and productivity. For example, IAI’s human factors team’s role in the Navy’s Scalable Network Applications Platform (SNAP) program is to implement a user-centered design process, optimized for agile software development, for emerging interfaces in the aviation domain. Our Situational Awareness for Cyber-secURity Evaluation and training (SACURE), does Cognitive Task Analyses of cyber-security analysts to revise a cyber-security analyst tool. We develop collaborative tools for training and execution for distributed missions in Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environments. Our solutions like We-PLAN and Shared After-action Review and Planning (ShARP) enhance collaborative situational awareness in distributed and network-centric mission operations.

IAI conducts cognitive analyses to design interfaces, and runs usability tests to assess interfaces, tools and performance. Our Closed Loop Mitigation experiments use physiological neural measures and machine learning to identify when pilots are getting drowsy in simulated flight. Our Human In Control (HIC) Modeling for Missile Defense Agency develops automated models of missile defense operators for training and testing exercises. IAI creates new systems to automate currently paper-based capabilities, and creates designs for existing products or those in development.


Labs:

IAI’s Training and Human factors Observational Research Laboratory (THOR lab) is a state-of-the-art research and testing facility designed to conduct interviews, evaluate interaction with software/hardware prototypes, and conduct training evaluation and human factors research. IAI’s registered Institutional Review Board (IRB) is available to review internal IRB applications and to assist in documentation for human subject research, in elicitation and documentation of user requirements, iterative interaction design, and evaluation involving a variety of industry standard objective and subjective measures. The THOR Lab is equipped with specialized software and equipment including a data logger which records multiple video feeds, audio, mouse movements and key strokes for later review and analysis; Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) based eye tracking for virtual environments; physiological monitoring and recording. A one-way observation mirror allows team members to see end-user interactions in real-time.

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