Air Force Seeks AI, Simulation to Improve Education And Training

By Vivienne Machi | November 30, 2018
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The Air Force is seeking emerging technologies and ways to apply artificial intelligence and cloud-based systems to “enhance the effectiveness” of air education and training, according to a request for information submitted Nov. 27.

Air Education and Training Command (AETC) is seeking new methods and processes as well as new products that can “maximize and accelerate learning, both holistically for all Airmen and for individuals,” according to service documents.

The command is focused on four key investment areas as part of its 2018 strategic plan, including emerging technologies, games and simulation, experiential learning and big data analytics, the RFI said.

The Air Force is looking for advanced technology that can contribute to “abundant computer devices, flexible classroom designs, innovative visual displays, games and simulations, collaborative tools, and mechanisms that both track and assess an Airmen’s learning efforts,” the document said.

It is also interested in ways to exploit artificial intelligence, along with virtual and augmented reality systems for areas such as “intelligent tutors,” which can help to gauge a student’s strengths and weaknesses in areas of study and present materials accordingly.

In terms of gaming and simulation efforts, AETC seeks simulation technologies including image generation, visualization and interoperability to help warfighters “keep pace with operational training demands to maximize mission readiness.”

Cloud-based systems could help support multi-system learning, and the command is looking for information on portable devices that can keep training current and relevant to the student, and promote in-unit collaborative projects.

The Air Force is also seeking details on how big data analytics can help AETC harness expanding data sets to improve decision-making based on predictive algorithms for accession, certification, attrition and future outcomes including course-taking patterns.

The request, available via FedBizOpps, was posted by AFWERX, the service’s technology accelerator dedicated to pursuing improved interaction with small business

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