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Skippon S.,Royal Dutch Shell | Garwood M.,Soar Technology, Inc.
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment | Year: 2011

Fifty-eight peoples were given direct experience of driving a battery electric vehicle followed by an attitudinal questionnaire, and a vignette exercise to evaluate their attributions of symbolic meaning. Findings suggested that some consumers might start to consider electric vehicles as second cars if they had a range of 100 miles, and as main cars if they had a range of 150 miles. They may be willing to pay modest premiums over conventional vehicles, equivalent to around three years' running cost savings. Most would recharge at home overnight. © 2011. Source

Boston A.,Soar Technology, Inc.
Energy Policy | Year: 2013

The energy system can only be considered sustainable in the long term if it is low carbon, affordable and secure. These three create a complex trilemma for all stakeholders in the energy business who have to strike a careful balance without neglecting any one aspect. This discussion paper examines the issues surrounding security of supply of the power system which has received less attention than the other aspects. It looks at how threats and mitigation measures can be classified in terms of where they act on the supply chain and the timescale over which they act. Only by considering the full range of timescales from seconds to decades can the full picture emerge of the effects of new technologies on security of supply. An examination of blackouts over the past 40 years sheds light on the causes of failure to supply and the most vulnerable aspects of the supply chain. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 80.00K | Year: 2015

Todays Navy electronics maintenance training largely focuses on proceduralization of diagnosis and repair, rather than deep systems knowledge. This training is effective at producing durable skills for common systems, but brittle, especially for dealing with unique characteristics and properties of actual shipboard systems. With continuing modernization of equipment and growing unavailability of skilled maintainers, the Navys challenge is to both deepen the knowledge and skills of apprentice technicians and accelerate troubleshooting training. Soar Technology and its team proposes that key to meeting this challenge is to situate and tailor training. Embedding training in an engaging, interactive instructional environment and tailoring it to specific student competencies can reduce training time while enhancing motivation and improving transfer. The SoarTech team will address five objectives: (1) Define operational needs to ground the design and implementation on specific Navy maintenance systems training demands; (2) identify novel instructional strategies and leverage state-of-the-art game technology; (3) prioritize instruction and tailoring using generalized troubleshooting training with targeted assessment; (4) design an integrated software architecture that provides a realistic practice environment, targeted instruction and practice, fine-grained assessment, and instrumentation of student performance; and (5) research acquisition and decay models to enable longitudinal modeling tracking of students skill development.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.93K | Year: 2015

PREACT (Predictable Robustness for Effective, Adaptive Coordinating Teams) is a planning and coordination service for battle management systems such as DARPAs Distributed Battle Management (DBM) program. PREACT will improve the effectiveness of planning

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.85K | Year: 2015

computer vision, image processing, scene recognition, scene understanding, object recognition, image segmentation, gisting

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