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Team Knowledge Interoperability in Maritime Interdiction Operations

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Department of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Harmonia Holding Group LLC
2020 Kraft Drive Suite 1000 Blacksburg, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Team Knowledge Interoperability in Maritime Interdiction Operations
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0211
Award Amount: $67,040.00


We develop a same time/different place collaborative ability to promote shared awareness in teams working in rapid response operations with fluid and rich data. Our goal is to better understand cognitive processes of team collaboration, and use the understanding to drive the design of a collaborative system (CS). The CS is targeted to Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIOs), but also applies to emergency responders. Our solution defines schemas for MIOs. Schemas are the antithesis of task models - they don't say how to do the job, but instead focus on assumptions and responsibilities by role for the MIO, which are easier to elaborate than listing all possible tasks and decisions. When an assumption goes wrong on a MIO, improvisation is required which invokes collaborative problem solving. We use a cognitive model to describe collaborative events that the CS initiates when assumptions are violated during a MIO. The CS also acts as a memory aid to help MIO team members invoke knowledge they already have, and perform better. After a MIO, schemas are updated through reflection to dynamically evolve as teamwork evolves and enemy tactics adapt. Phase I empirically assesses deriving and updating schemas, and creates a preliminary CS design.

Principal Investigator:

Marc Abrams
Chief Technology Officer

Business Contact:

Pallabi Saboo
Chief Marketing Officer
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1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541967366
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No