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Knowledge Elicitation

Knowledge Elicitation


Project Knowledge Elicitation for an Intelligent Tutoring System
Design an intelligent tutoring system to teach infantry basic skills of entering and clearing buildings. The tutoring will occur in a virtual reality system.


Understand basic procedural aspects of the tasks at hand as well as the intricacies of visual, auditory and manual movements through the rooms. Memorizing the procedures is one thing, learning the details of working in a team, minimizing causalities and doing things like they are second nature requires deep understanding of what the expert knows.

Research Several tools and techniques were used to create an understanding of the problem space. Procedural learning was performed through manuals. If the rules and procedures are not written down for the purposes of training they are put together in after-action-review briefs. All of this information was gathered and used to create outlines and flowcharts of what individuals were to learn. Multiple interviews were performed with commanders, trainers and field experts. This still remained too cursory to teach an individual how to clear a building. Deeper understanding of the thought process of the experts were pursued with forms of verbal walk-throughs, comparative analysis and creating plans for made up situations. Manual and auditory skills still were needed for the training. Observation of training and practice missions provided hours of video footage. Hands on practice was used to understand the physical parts of the procedures. Many of the assumptions of basic training and advanced weaponry were covered to set guidelines of the prerequisites for MOUT training. Much of the manual, visual and auditory training became important when working in teams. Learning how to communicate […]