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Project Title:  Serious Games for Team Training Reduce
Fiscal Year: FY 2013 
Division: Human Research 
Research Discipline/Element:
HRP BHP:Behavioral Health & Performance (archival in 2017)
Start Date: 07/22/2013  
End Date: 01/21/2016  
Task Last Updated: 09/22/2015 
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Principal Investigator/Affiliation:   Ramachandran, Sowmya  Ph.D. / Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. 
Address:  1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 310 
San Mateo , CA 94402-2513 
Phone: (650) 931-2700  
Congressional District: 14 
Organization Type: INDUSTRY 
Organization Name: Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. 
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Key Personnel Changes / Previous PI: PI changed to Dr. Ramachandran during this project; original PI was Dan Fu, Ph.D.
Project Information: Grant/Contract No. Not Available 
Responsible Center: NASA JSC 
Grant Monitor: Leveton, Lauren  
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Solicitation / Funding Source: SBIR Phase II 
Grant/Contract No.: Not Available 
Project Type: GROUND 
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TechPort: No 
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Human Research Program Elements: (1) BHP:Behavioral Health & Performance (archival in 2017)
Human Research Program Risks: (1) Team:Risk of Performance and Behavioral Health Decrements Due to Inadequate Cooperation, Coordination, Communication, and Psychosocial Adaptation within a Team (IRP Rev F)
Human Research Program Gaps: (1) Team Gap 05:We need to identify validated ground-based training methods that can be both preparatory and continuing to maintain team function in autonomous, long duration, and/or distance exploration mission (IRP Rev E)
Task Description: Exploration crews for long duration space flights have continually expressed a need for more chances to learn to work together as a team prior to flight. Together with the need to retain proficiency with limited places to practice, we propose to build a virtual environment that is both website-accessible and scientifically-rooted team. The resulting training system will enable crews to maintain a high state of cognitive readiness for team-based skills, such as coordinated fire suppression.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: The proposed training system will provide team-specific, task-generic, and task-specific training. We expect to either complement the EMER on board trainer by adding in a real-time training portion or build a planning portion prior to execution of the training scenarios. The fire suppression training system development would occur from 2013 to 2015, parallel with Boeing's recently awarded increment from the commercial crew program to develop the CST-100. Another set of users could come from NASA's emergency personnel. The White Sands Test Facility features fire and emergency services on site.

Research Impact/Earth Benefits: The team training system can be used by federal, state, and local government organizations to improve team performance, especially for time-critical situations. The application area most similar to the NASA application would again be similar occupations such as firefighting, law enforcement, healthcare. Other potential applications include the military, especially for unit level teams.

Task Progress & Bibliography Information FY2013 
Task Progress: New project for FY2013. Reporting not required for this SBIR Phase 2 project.

[Ed. note: added to Task Book when received information on the task in September 2015]

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