Compact High-Power Electronic Components
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
The System for Management and Allocation of Recurring Tasks (SMART) is proposed to facilitate allocation of team tasks in complex Navy systems. SMART offers a model-based framework for identifying the sequence of tasks which a Navy team performs alongwith specification of all relevant performance-influencing factors for the team members, tasks, and context. A variety of techniques for task scheduling and allocation will be developed and tested. A cognitive model is employed to specify task dynamics,task interactions, and analytic projections of workload. A user interface for a human task manager will provide a dynamic display of diverse kinds of information that are relevant in assessing the relative effectiveness of different team members inperforming different kinds of tasks based on both perseverant and transitory characteristics of the team members, the tasks, and the operational context. Indices of team member cognitive state will include various relevant physiological indicators andsome self-report measures for affective factors. Additional indicators of perseverant characteristics such as measures of experience, training, and general mental abilities will also be provided. A series of experiments will start with a completely`manual' scheme for task allocation with succeeding experiments evaluating increasingly complex concepts for aiding and automation of task allocation.SMART is expected to provide a valuable asset for many emerging Navy (and other military) tactical systemswhich are increasingly comprised of reconfigurable workstations and thus provide broad opportunities for task reallocation as a means to achieve the aggressive goals for reduced manning faced in all new system developments. Non-DoD applications areenvisioned for air traffic control, telephone operator management, and other environments with replicated workstations and severe time and workload pressure.
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