Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS)


As part of the Army Research Laboratory’s Open Campus Initiative, ARL has established a Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS). The purpose of CAIS is to bring together government, industry, and academia to advance adaptive instructional science and technology for application in training and educational systems through a collaborative, innovative research ecosystem. Adaptive or tailored instruction in the form of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) has been shown to be significantly more effective than traditional classroom instruction for both individual learners and teams. While the promise of adaptive instructional tools and methods are high, there remain significant technical challenges to its practical application in large organizations (e.g., US Army, large corporations, and universities).

Collaborative Focus

CAIS is currently focused on identifying and leveraging talent, facilities, and resources across government, industry, and academia to conduct transformative science which enhances capabilities in three broad areas:

  • Authoring tools for Adaptive Instructional Systems
  • Instructional Management (tailoring & delivery)
  • Evaluation tools and methods (effect size)


  • Collaborative work with CAIS partners
  • Shared data, technology, and activities related to the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory
  • Facilitation in formalizing collaborative relationships defining intellectual property issues
  • Participation in strategic and technical discussion through targeted workshops and open formats
  • Opportunity to significantly impact the technical projects and management of the CAIS


A centerpiece of the CAIS:
Describes the activities related to the development of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT)

Point of Contact

Robert A. Sottilare, Ph.D.

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Open to government, academia and industry.

Concept of operation

Leadership and membership in the center will be participation based. All general communications are intended to be open across government and non-government entities to ensure the focus of the center is on open collaboration in addition to funded efforts. The organizational structure of the center is not intended to direct research or technology development, but rather to support the creation of an ecosystem of collaboration and opportunity.