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As the Navy seeks to reduce manning on ships, fewer senior sailors will be available to mentor sailors newly assigned to a ship and guide them as they seek to translate schoolhouse knowledge acquired on land into operational knowledge that can be used at sea.  In collaboration with Arizona State University and the University of Memphis, the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California proposes to create a prototype on-the-job (OJT) Personal Assistant for Life Long Learning (PAL3).  This system will guide new sailors in performing their mission essential shipboard duties.  The PAL3 will have knowledge of the ship as well as knowledge of the sailor’s background and education, and it will use this knowledge to create tailored educational experiences that reflect the sailor’s experience, interests and abilities.   The effectiveness of the resulting system will be evaluated experimentally.

Main PI: Bill Swartout [University of Southern California]
PI [Subcontract]: Art Graesser [University of Memphis]
Grant Name: Personal Assistant for Life Long Learning
Funding Agency: Office of Naval Research
Dates: 2014-2016
Amount: $400,000 [Memphis allocation]