The US Navy has awarded a contract to Charles River Analytics to develop enhanced sonar training and operation on surface ships capable of conducting anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
Under the 25-month follow-on contract, the company will work on improving the navy’s surface ASW synthetic trainer (SAST) system for sonar training, motivation, assessment, tailoring, and enhanced remediation (ST-MASTER).
Charles River ST-MASTER principal investigator, retired US Navy captain Wayne Thornton said: "For ASW-capable surface ships, reaching and maintaining ASW proficiency is complicated by the lack of opportunities to interact with submarine targets.
"We are developing and evaluating ST-MASTER to work with the navy’s SAST to improve sonar training and provide timely, detailed feedback on sonar proficiency.
"It will incorporate motivation models, assess users’ motivation levels, and provide tailored feedback enhanced by immersive learning simulation features."
The SAST has been developed for conducting high-fidelity synthetic training to improve the sonar proficiency of ASW-capable surface ships.
Charles River will work on improving the ability of commanders to assess the sonar readiness of their units, as well as providing for sonar operators and teams being able to assess themselves.
ST-MASTER helps improve individual and team motivation and learning, such as motivation models that harness both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.
It uses intelligent agents to modify training scenarios and customise rewards to achieve proficiency goals and dynamically maintain motivation.
Image: Example of a trainee’s user interface in ST-MASTER. Photo: courtesy of Charles River Analytics Inc.