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Virtual training company awarded highly competitive grant

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IntelligentSimulations of Morgantown has received support from the National Science Foundation to further develop "AI Patient" through a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant of $456,657.

The simulation program is intended to help medical students refine listening and rapport-building skills by interacting one-on-one with a "virtual" patient.

A student asks questions and responses from the virtual patient depending on specific inquiries, along with how and when questions are asked in an interview. If the student asks wrong or inappropriate questions, the patient will respond accordingly.

The technology can also be used to improve personal interactions in sectors including social work, human resources, law enforcement and the military.

"Given the platform closely approximates a natural conversation experience, this technology will help users to pay closer attention and better communicate," said IntelligentSimulations co-founder Vic Baker. "We're glad The National Science Foundation recognized its potential, given that only around three percent of SBIR projects receive second phase funding."

The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, Inc., or MATRIC, and others will help in development of the AI Patient software.

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