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Company Information:

Company Name: The Design Knowledge Company
City: Fairborn
State: OH
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.tdkc.com
Phone: (937) 427-4276

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,165,549.00 28
SBIR Phase II $14,577,663.00 18

Award List:

Application of XTM and XFML to Individual and Organizational Modeling (AXIOM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company, Inc (TDKC) and Sytronics, Inc. presents a unique and commercially viable solution to the problem, our Application of XTM and XFML to Individual and Organizational Modeling (AXIOM). AXIOM applies several innovativetechnologies to provide a standards-based approach to… More

Application of XTM and XFML to Individual and Organizational Modeling (AXIOM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken
Award Amount: $730,854.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company, Inc (TDKC) and Sytronics presents a unique and commercially viable solution, our Application of XTM and XFML to Individual and Organizational Modeling (AXIOM). AXIOM provides the ability to accurately and rapidly compose cognitive models for individual entities,… More

Work-Centered Support System for Counterspace Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company, Inc (TDKC) and SRA, International, Inc. present a unique and commercially viable solution to the problem. Our Satellite Threat Evaluation Environment Development (STEED) program applies several innovative and key technologies to support development of tools for… More

Work-Centered Support System for Counterspace Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $749,934.00
Abstract:
STEED is a DoDAF-compliant work-centered support system covering satellite operations squadrons and air operations centers and the communication between them. Phase I developed a structured approach to developing cognitive architectures that will be extended and mapped to the DoDAF architecture. … More

Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tactical Briefcase

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nick Longinow, Senior Software Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The MCATS system will provide two fundamental capabilities. 1) Initiating air traffic control and air surveillance for where none previously existed, and 2) Improving the overall mission effectiveness of advanced party teams. The approach is to integrate advanced materials, network centric… More

Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tactical Briefcase

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Friskie, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $744,947.00
Abstract:
Our Mobile Collaborative Air Traffic Control System (MCATS) program offers a warfighter-driven approach towards the SBIR objectives and builds on our demonstrated Phase I concept feasibility. Our team includes experience in all relevant technical areas like FAA certification, air traffic control… More

Argumentation-based Approaches to Enhance Dynamic Time Critical Decision-Making

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Our approach utilizes TDKC intelligent systems technology, distributed collaborative environment technolgy,TDKC graphical user interface technology along with with warfighter input to the requirements process to develop a usable tool based on open-source, industry standard technology.

Automated Metadata Generation, Indexing and Cataloguing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Friskie, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,735.00
Abstract:
Our combined expertise will support MARC's central concept of providing a community-of-interest-based means to automatically extract metadata from documents produced by legacy systems. This capability will allow different military knowledge workers to leverage the information objects in each… More

Multi-Modal Collaboration Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist/VP
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
We propose our LOCUS program to define and evaluate strategies that demonstrate how data from databases, text, text chat, voice communications, outside sources etc,. can be correlated, presented to and exploited/manipulated by AOC planners for real-time collaboration to support shared situation… More

Data Fusion Visualization Development for OCS/DCS SSA Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist/VP
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop an integrated visualization suite for analyzing large heterogeneous data sets generated by varying data fusion techniques; we base the approach on our existing STEED technology; we plan to extend its capability with additional interaction technology and adapt the… More

Argumentation-based Approaches to Enhance Dynamic Time Critical Decision-Making

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Chief Scientist/VP
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
XCAT will integrate innotvative visualization,argumentation support, modeling and simulation and course of action support into a seamless, robust, off-the-shelf decision support tool capable of decision-making within time critical environments. XCAT will be one tool set available within TDKC's… More

Space Weather Integration Fusion Technology (SWIFT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC) is pleased to present this proposal titled Space Weather Integration Fusion Technology (SWIFT). Our Phase I approach includes a thorough technology assessment, applied systems engineering, commercialization preparation, and real-world experimentation in order to… More

User Definable 4-D Common Operating Picture (COP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, VP/Chief Scientist/Founder
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
TDKC proposes adaptation of their STEED environment to the air operations center domain. An existing 3D, 2D, and data visualization capability with service-oriented architecture capability will be re-engineered to provide the 4D COP functionality.

Multi-Modal Collaboration Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Vice President/Cheif Scie
Award Amount: $743,498.00
Abstract:
Our proposed Local/Distributed Operational Collaborative User-Centered Support System (LOCUS)builds on the existing achievements of: (1) our Phase I research and prototyping, (2) TDKC's Satellite Threat Evaluation Environment for Defensive CounterSpace (STEED) as a baseline environment from which to… More

Data Fusion Visualization Development for OCS/DCS SSA Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, VP/Founder/Chief Scientis
Award Amount: $704,617.00
Abstract:
VISTA will develop mixed-initiative methods of level 2 data fusion, incorporating unconventional intell and KML-based data sources in an easy to use, work-centered support environment for OCS/DCS/SSA. Data will include both mined and fused data. The work will build on the existing JSARS environment.

User Definable 4-D Common Operating Picture (COP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Founder/VP/Chief Scientis
Award Amount: $748,944.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company will transition its STEED work-centered support environment to the support of Air Operations Centers. We will build on current User-Definable Operational Picture work as well as other R&D efforts. We will introduce innovative navigation, display, and integration… More

Space Weather Integration Fusion Technology (SWIFT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Principlan Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC) is pleased to present this Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal titled, Space Weather Integration Fusion Technology (SWIFT). Our proposed Phase II approach is focused on supporting AFRL with its mission of researching and developing space… More

COSMIC - Coherent Space Threat Mission Impact and Conseqences Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The Coherent Space Threat Mission Impact and Consequences Tool (COSMIC) program includes the proper mix of analysis, technology assessment, end user interaction, systems engineering, concept prototyping, and commercialization preparation in order to derive a cost-effective, operationally-viable… More

ASET- AOC System Engineering Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist/VP
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Our teamss expertise will support ASETs central concept of creating a multi-dimensional assessment of behavior in a JOAC that can be accomplished in near real-time during exercises and real-world operations as well as training. The vision is for an instrumented environment supporting real-time… More

BUCKI - Bridge for Usable Collaborative Knowledge Integration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Chief Scientist/VP
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Our expertise will support BUCK-Is central concept of locating knowledge, supporting collaboration, and providing for workflow management. The vision is for a seamless, user-centered environment supporting real time access to space community knowledge. BENEFIT: TDKC has vigorously pursued… More

Air Space Cyber & UDOP/COP (ASC&UC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The Design Knowledge Company, Inc. (TDKC) and our partner Teledyne CollaborX present this proposal titled Air, Space; Cyber & UDOP/COP (ASC&UC) . ASC&UC offers a logical, phased approach to satisfying the objectives of this 2009.3 SBIR topic. TDKC and CollaborX have the expertise in the technical,… More

Advanced Distributed Visualization-based Satellite Resource Management Tool (ADVISR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
TDKC's Advanced Distributed Visualization-based Satellite Resource Management Tool (ADVISR) includes a requirements analysis, cognitive task analysis, technology evaluation, concept prototyping, commercialization planning, and real-world scenario derivation in order to derive an… More

COMPOSIT - Compositing Overlays for Maps and Operational Symbologies in Real-time

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Walrath, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
TDKC has developed a simple commercial-off the-shelf (COTS) solution integrating state-of-the-art visual graphics hardware and 3-D viewpoint optimization algorithms to overlay map information onto a video feed in real-time. COMPOSIT leverages the significant computing capabilities that are available… More

BUCKI - Bridge for Usable Collaborative Knowledge Integration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $1,649,983.00
Abstract:
BUCK-I defines an architecture for an appropriate work-centered support environment, creates an innovative method for human knowledge indexing, defines collaboration technologies and methods, and introduces tools to manage workflow. It is open source, cross platform, and cross-operating system… More

ASET- AOC System Engineering Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, Chief Scientist – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $749,985.00
Abstract:
ASET develops a plug-in technology compatible with existing TDKC work-centered support tools. It is cross-platform, cross-operating system capable, and is based on open-source software. ASET enhances TDKC''s suite of offerings by supporting human performance assessment in those… More

Adaptive System Behavior through Dynamic Data Modeling and Auto-Generated User Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James McCracken, VP/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
An intelligent information management system architectural concept is proposed for the current SBIR solicitation that is a mix of advanced data modeling, algorithms for situation assessment, intelligent information and user display management offers a practical, extensible, cost-effective, rapidly… More

OARBIT Optimal Allocations fo Resources by Information Theory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (518) 852-1889
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
As part of this SBIR project our firm will combine algorithmic information theory with deterministic and stochastic optimization techniques to create an optimization co-processor for wireless nodes. We will focus on the problem of change-point detection in resource-constrained wireless sensor… More

NINJAS: Network-Centric INnovative JMS Asset Management Services

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC) and Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) are pleased to present this Phase I SBIR proposal titled Network-Centric INnovative JMS Asset Management Services (NINJAS) in response to Air Force Topic AF103-071, Innovative Technologies For Space Asset… More

Air Space Cyber&UDOP/COP (ASC&UC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $1,499,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The ASC & UC program builds on the strength of the TDKC family of User-Definable Operational Picture (UDOP) products. It develops plug-ins specific to air, space, and cyber visualization and problem solving that derive from the structure of knowledge of users and their work. The… More

MOSART-MUOS Status And Reporting Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rob Andes, Principal Investigator – (678) 772-7181
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Efficient and effective operation of a communications satellite constellation involves health and safety assurance as well as high-performance operations execution. Interruption to service or loss of satellite functionality can result in compromised mission objectives. It is essential for Network… More

INCITE: Innovative Cyber/Infrastructure Threat assessment Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeff Walrath, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
TDKC proposes the INnovative Cyber/Infrastructure Threat Assessment Environment (INCITE) as part of this SBIR call. Our Phase I concept includes: (1) the collection and processing of publically available infrastructure data to include roadways, gas pipelines, electrical grids, water lines,… More

SAUNA - Situation Awareness UDOP for the Nuclear Arsenal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Defense Science Board, in addressing the loss of focus, describes the reduction in the rank/level of accountable individuals (from the end of the Cold war to today), stating"There has been little change in focus at the operating levels in the Navy and in the ICBM force up through… More

EMU - Economic Modeling of Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Generally it"s not reasonable to expect that a satellite operator can effectively filter a list containing thousands of entries to identify the most important conjunctions. The need here is to prioritize the list to a more manageable level. However, we believe that the problem is,… More

ACE - Algorithmic Conjunction Elimination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Joins Space Operations Center (JSpOC ) is the central node of the US military tasked with maintaining up-to-date space situational awareness (SSA). This includes maintaining a list of on-orbit assets and their associated orbital information. JSpOC operators allocate resources on the… More

GIRAFE: General Integration, Relation, Association and Fusion Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Our program titled General Integration, Relation, Association and Fusion Environment (GIRAFE) will establish an open framework to advance Space Situational Awareness (SSA) through the cooperative engagement of humans and machines. GIRAFE will effectively demonstrate the ability to… More

SYNAPSE: Synergistic Airborne Networking Analysis, Provisioning, and Systems Assessment Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As part of our proposed Synergistic Airborne Networking Analysis, Provisioning, and Systems Assessment Environment (SYNAPSE) effort The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC) will identify an approach for modeling and understanding the challenges, tradeoffs, and impacts of partial mesh… More

COMPOSIT - Compositing Overlays for Maps and Operational Symbologies in Real-time

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeff Walrath, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $743,748.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Our Phase I results clearly demonstrated that The Design Knowledge Company"s (TDKC) technical approach meets all the Air Force"s requirements for this SBIR program. During Phase I we showed how our approach to overlaying maps and tactical information onto Unmanned Aerial… More

Multi-Modal Collaboration Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rob Andes, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $534,832.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A Phase II proposal for specification and implementation of the ARViSS (Aircraft RAMP Visualization and Simulation System) prototype system is provided in support of the C-130 System Program Office (WR-ALC/GRB) Scheduled Maintenance Specialized Visualization and Simulation effort. Using… More

OARBIT Optimal Allocations fo Resources by Information Theory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The OARBIT Phase I effort focused on three main areas: (1) the development of preliminary mathematical models for sensing optimization, (2) the development of a proof-of-concept hardware and software, and (3) the application of minimum message length (MML) coding technique to compress signals and… More

SAUNA - Situation Awareness UDOP for the Nuclear Arsenal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $741,666.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Situation Awareness User-Definable Operational Picture (UDOP) for Nuclear Awareness (SAUNA) provides an innovative, cost-effective, and deployable solution for supporting nuclear weapon inventory control, tracking, and analysis. The results from the Phase I effort demonstrated: (1)… More

EMU - Economic Modeling of Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kerry Wood, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $741,666.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Design Knowledge Company"s Economic Modeling of Uncertainty (EMU) program presents an innovative, cost-effective, and deployable solution that enables rapid understanding and prioritization of conjunction events. Our program advances state-of-the-art in enabling more precise and… More

CIRRUS: Secure Cloud Computing Environment for Infrared (IR) Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeff Collier, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: CIRRUS is an innovative marriage of cloud computing and state-of-the-art compression methods to satisfy the AF131-047 objective, to"Develop a cloud computing architecture that can transport infrared data securely and in compliance with DoD standards."The user can designate image… More

AWCAMS: Agile Workstation for a Core Architecture Model for Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William McQuay, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The goal of the Agile Workstation for a Core Architecture Model for Space (AWCAMS) is to provide better understanding of complex space systems, improve communications among key players in the research and development process, and aid in making better acquisition decisions for space. … More

INCITE: Innovative Cyber/Infrastructure Threat assessment Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $493,000.00
Abstract:
TDKC"s INnovative Cyber/Infrastructure Threat Assessment Environment (INCITE) is an integrated, agile work environment (AWE) capable of ingesting, organizing, and visualizing unstructured and structured data. It allows users to readily identify, analyze, and reveal first, second, and even… More

SAVIE: Situational Awareness Visualization Intelligence Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ronald Hartung, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $96,910.00
Abstract:
The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) is a very manual, task-driven process that takes place in an extremely fast-paced, dynamic environment. The greatest challenge to the MDMP is the time outlay associated with gathering and generating known data, at the expense of a commander's… More

MSSAI-Multi-national Space Situation Awareness Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James R. McCracken, Principal Investigator – (937) 427-4276
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Our Multi-national Space Situational Awareness Interface (MSSAI) program builds on our experience developing the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) Mission System (JMS) User-Definable Operational Picture (UDOP), and will reuse large amounts of the technology. This will enable the development of… More