Job training is always important, but in the military it can mean the difference between life and death. Researchers at NC State University are working with the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools that can be used to improve squad training – and save lives.

“We’re developing AI programs that address two aspects of training, specifically for the synthetic training environments the Army uses to prepare its personnel,” says Randall Spain, a research scientist in NC State’s Center for Educational Informatics (CEI) who is working on the project.

“One tool is focused on assessing team-level communication, which is critical to mission success and soldier safety. The second tool is focused on identifying the most effective ways of providing feedback to trainees.”

The work is being done under a three-year, $2 million cooperative agreement between AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and NC State’s CEI. In addition to funding, the AFC is giving researchers access to team training data, which will expedite the AI development process.

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Originally published Oct. 10, 2019.