Behavior-modeling tools under development with Missile Defense Agency

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Intelligent-systems developer Charles River Analytics has obtained additional funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to build behavior modeling capabilities for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Under the terms of the two-year  for Modeling Operator Reasoning and Performance for Human-in-Control Simulation (MORPHIC) -- valued at $1 million -- Charles River will provide tools for missile defense analysts to create models of human behavior for simulation.

Brad Rosenberg, vice president, Decision Management Systems, says of the MDA project: “The missile defense community relies on using models and simulations for a variety of applications such as testing, training, exercises, wargaming, and future concept analysis. However, it is challenging to model human behavior in those systems. Human operators are core to the integrated ballistic missile defense system, so it is vital to understand how human behavior impacts system performance in various situations. Under the MORPHIC effort, we are providing tools to construct, adapt, and execute human behavior models within simulations.”

Charles River will use the Hap architecture, which defines a language for describing agent behaviors and provides an execution engine for running these agent, as it builds the MORPHIC human behavior modeling features. The company has used in several other modeling efforts, including creating behaviors that model cyber adversaries, creating behaviors moderated by physiological parameters, and developing intelligent tutoring algorithms.

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