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Modeling Based Decision Support Environment

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Phoenix Integration
1715 Pratt Drive Suite 2000 Blacksburg, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Modeling Based Decision Support Environment
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CA29C
Award Amount: $599,478.00


Phoenix Integration's vision is the creation of an intuitive human-in-the-loop engineering environment called Decision Navigator that leverages recent advances in multi-dimensional visualization technology, state-of-the art optimization algorithms, and parallel processing capability. The visualization displays help designers understand key trends and trade-offs, follow the progress of the optimization algorithm, and interact with and guide the algorithm so as to make decisions regarding promising designs. This tool is fundamentally different from traditional optimization tools because of its interactive nature. Phase I research proved the feasibility of the Decision Navigator concept by integrating an optimization engine with multi-dimensional visualization tools and then integrating the combination into the Phoenix Integration design environment known as ModelCenter. This Phase II proposal builds upon the Phase I proof of feasibility study and completes the concept as a practical commercial decision support tool. Key technical elements added in Phase II include the ability to collaborate with other users, the ability to manage risk and uncertainty, and interactive "wizards" that will help users accomplish common tasks. The Decision Navigator will be a critical link in exercising NASA mission models, trade studies, system and investment analysis, and program and technology planning.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Ragon
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Brett Malone
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Phoenix Integration
1715 Pratt Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541751156
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No