An intelligent tutor system for visual aircraft recognition
Campbell, Larry W.
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Visual aircraft recognition (VACR) is a critical skill for U.S. Army Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) soldiers. It is the most reliable means of identifying aircraft, however VACR skills are not easy to teach or learn, and once learned they are highly degradable. The numerous training aids that exist to help units train soldiers require qualified instructors who are not always available. Also, the varying degrees of proficiency among soldiers make group training less than ideal. In an attempt to alleviate the problems in most VASC training programs, an intelligent tutor system has been developed to teach VACR in accordance with the Wings, Engine, Fuselage, Tail (WEFT) cognitive model. The Aircraft Recognition Tutor is a graphics based, object oriented instructional program that teaches, reviews and tests VACR skills at a level appropriate to the student. The tutor adaptively coaches the student from the novice level, through the intermediate level, to the expert level. The tutor was provided to two U.S. Army Air Defense Battalions for testing and evaluation. The six month implementation, testing, and evaluation process demonstrated that, using existing technology in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, useful training tools could be developed quickly and inexpensively for deployment on existing computers in field.