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DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-INTRUSIVE COGNITIVE WORKLOAD MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
12479
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12479
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Epic Sales, Inc. Dba Epic Systems
10503 Forest Lane, Suite 140 Dallas, TX 75243
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-INTRUSIVE COGNITIVE WORKLOAD MEASUREMENT DEVICE
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $493,934.00
 

Abstract:

THE ACCELERATING TEMPO OF MILITARY OPERATIONS INCREASES THE TASK DEMANDS AND WORK RELATED STRESSES IMPOSED ON HUMAN OPERATORS. AS NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DESIGNS ARE INCORPORATED INTO MILITARY SYSTEMS, A METRIC IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT HUMAN COGNITIVE WORKLOAD LIMITS ARE NOT EXCEEDED. SOME PROGRESS IN THIS ENDEAVOR HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN USING AS OBJECTIVE WORKLOAD INDICATORS A VARIETY OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING EEG AND NEURAL EVOKED POTENTIALS. HOWEVER, THESE OBJECTIVE TECHNIQUES TEND TO BE INTRUSIVE, RELATIVELY ARTIFICIAL, AND NON-PORTABLE. WE BELIEVE THERE ARE MORE READILY OBTAINABLE MEASURES THAT CAN SERVE AS IMPLE EXTERNAL INDICANTS OF WORKLOAD, AND WHICH CAN BE BUNDLED IN PORTABLE, VEST-POCKET SYSTEMS TO BE EMPLOYED IN APPLIED WORKLOAD ASSESSMENT. WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN LABORATORY RESEARCH RELATING EYE MOVEMENT CHARACTERISTICS (VELOCITY, ACCELERATION, ETC.) TO A TASK SCALED IN COGNITIVE WORKLOAD. IN PHASE I, WE PROPOSE TO DERIVE A TRANSFER FUNCTION BETWEEN THESE EYE MOVEMENT INDICANTS AND TASK DEMANDS BY USING A SET OF TASKS WHICH ARE INDEXED FOR LEVEL OF COGNITIVE WORKLOAD. FROM THESE RELATIONS, A PROTOTYPE OF A TRANSPORTABLE DEVICE IN WHICH EYE MOVEMENT DATA ARE COLLECTED AND AUTOMATICALLY SCORED WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR FIELD USAGE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Robert S Kennedy
4078945090

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Essex Corp.
1040 Woodcock Rd - Ste 227 Orlando, FL 32803

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No