Our simulation and game-based assessment and training R&D applies to a wide range of military solutions. This includes sensor-based marksmanship assessments and remediation, simulation-based formative and summative evaluations of Tactical Action Officer (TAO) performance, and automated assessment of game-based shipboard damage control operations.

We have developed innovative assessment tools supporting the Naval Education and Training Command’s Surface Warfare Officers School, which led to a prestigious American Society for Training and Development Excellence in Practice Award, two years in a row.

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ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 5, 2013) Aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Theodore Wallete, from Feasterville, Pa., examines a circuit board with a posed  Flat Stanley doll sent to Odea from an elementary school. The Flat Stanley Project is an educational project that aids children in creative writing using a “flat” book character named Flat Stanley who is sent through the mail around the world. New Orleans is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Granger Jr./Released)

    Navy Skill Decay Analysis

    Assessment, Technology

    The U.S. Navy has identified that certain essential skills—pertaining to electronics and troubleshooting— deteriorate among some sailors between the time they complete “A” School (which teaches basic naval skills), and the time they enter “C” School (which teaches more advanced skills). To address this situation, CRESST has been working with the Navy to uncover new […]

  • MMTT

    Assessment of Navy Tactics: the Tactical Action Officer (TAO)

    Assessment, Technology

    CRESST developed an assessment tool for the Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer (MMTT) used at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) in Newport, RI. The trainer simulates a combat information center (CIC) where the ship employs its defensive and offensive systems. The CIC includes many watchstanders who provide data to the Tactical Action Officer (TAO). The assessment […]

  • EPT

    Engineering Plant Technician Automated Assessment

    Assessment, Technology

    Working with Anthrotronix, Inc., the overall goal of this project is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of integrating advanced multimodal interface technologies and advanced embedded performance assessment metrics within current and emergent naval engineering maintenance Virtual Environment (VE) training platforms. Anthrotronix’s advanced interface technologies will support visual, auditory, haptic, and olfactory modalities; and our advanced […]

  • COVE

    Shiphandling Skills Automated Assessment

    Assessment, Technology

    In collaboration with the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), in Newport, Rhode Island, CRESST is developing an automated assessment engine (AAE) capable of evaluating shiphandling skills as part of a larger Navy training initiative known as NSTAT (Navigation and Shiphandling Training and Assessment Tools). Despite its critical importance to the Navy, shiphandling training is becoming […]

  • damagecontrol

    Damage Control Skills Automated Assessment

    Assessment, Technology

    In a multi-year research project funded by the Office of Naval Research, CRESST developed a software architecture for automatically assessing cognitively complex tasks within games and simulations. The focus of this research was the development of a conceptual framework for automated performance assessment that can be generalized to a variety of domains. The goal was […]