Training for High-Risk Careers: Charles River Analytics Develops Intelligent Virtual Trainer to Safely Increase Hands-On Practice Time

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Charles River Analytics Inc., developer of intelligent systems solutions, has received funding from AFWERX, the US Air Force’s team of innovators, to develop Weaver. Weaver is an Intelligent Virtual Trainer for the Low Profile Altec DM47 Derrick Digger.

“Weaver provides adaptive, hands-on training for high-risk procedures that cannot safely be performed in the current training environment,” explained Rob Hyland, Director of Program transition at Charles River Analytics.


Weaver is an AFWERX innovation effort with the 364th TRS Cable and Antenna Systems Initial Skills Course. The 364th estimates Weaver will double or triple hands-on practice time.

Weaver uses the MAGPIE virtual environment to provide risk-free, hands-on practice of dangerous, low-profile truck procedures. MAGPIE is a flexible framework to construct Intelligent, adaptive training for any training domain, including aircraft maintenance, satellite communications system troubleshooting, and in the case of Weaver, heavy equipment operation.

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Under Weaver, we are adapting the MAGPIE environment to a tablet form factor, so students can practice in their off-time and while they wait to use live equipment. We are also extending MAGPIE to add environmental stressors that emulate the complex and high-risk challenges of outdoor elements on vehicle operation and antenna/electrical maintenance. The Weaver trainer revises difficulty levels to ensure lessons are both challenging and achievable.

MAGPIE is in active use by the 365th Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base for F-15E avionics maintenance training, where it has delivered an initial estimated 50% instruction efficiency improvement for Safe For Maintenance training sessions.

Weaver is expected to provide approximately 1,000 supplemental hours of collective practice per year for the same instructor course load, yielding Airmen with improved skills who are better prepared for the threats and challenging environments they face in global deployments.

Contact us to learn more about Weaver, MAGPIE, and our other Intelligent Tutoring capabilities.


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Learn more about Weaver at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2019)—the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event—from Dec. 2-6 in Orlando, FL.

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Charles River Analytics conducts leading-edge AI, robotics, and human-machine interface R&D, and leverages that research to create custom solutions for your organization. We have a stellar track record developing successful solutions for Government and commercial clients across a diverse collection of markets—defense, intelligence, medical technology, training, transportation, space, and cyber security. Our customer-centric focus guides us towards problems that matter, while our passion for science and engineering drives us to find impactful, actionable solutions.

This material is based upon work supported by the US Air Force and US AFWERX under Contract No. FA864919CA031. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Air Force and US AFWERX.

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