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Improving Team Readiness through the Convergence of Team Mental Models

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc
9180 Brown Deer Road San Diego, CA -
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Improving Team Readiness through the Convergence of Team Mental Models
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0122
Award Amount: $99,995.00


here is great current interest in improving the contact management of submarines operated in the littorals. Littoral contact management is challenging because the ambiguities inherent in contact localization make accurately reconstructing each contact a hard task. Littoral contact density is high, exacerbating the problem. Knowledge about contacts may become unhelpfully fragmented across the submarine team and there can be critical failures of the team mental model. PSE specializes in scientifically principled user interfaces and tool design for the support of challenging cognitive and collaborative tasks and has extensive recent experience in the submarine domain. In this proposal, PSE proposes to develop a Team Assessment Grid (TAG) to support submarine littoral contact management. The TAG supports the team mental model by making the contact management processes explicit and verifiable. TAG applies scientific concepts from cognitive and collaboration science paired with an on-line computational modeling approach feeding automated aids to team mental model divergence. The TAG will improve the cognitive readiness of contact management teams by improving task performance, shared situation awareness and convergence of the team mental model. The proposal lays out the steps necessary to design, develop a demonstrate a concept demonstration prototype of the TAG system.

Principal Investigator:

Harvey Smallman
Principal Investigator
(858) 535-1661

Business Contact:

James Callan
(858) 535-1661
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Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc.
9180 Brown Deer Road 9180 Brown Deer Road, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330086000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No