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Naturalistic Operator Interface for Immersive Environments

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Unova Technologies, LLC
9015 N. Cobre Drive Phoenix, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Naturalistic Operator Interface for Immersive Environments
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-13-M-6387
Award Amount: $150,000.00


This proposal addresses the significant need for supervisory control of sensor networks within a fully-immersive synthetic environment with novel Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs). A methodology and process to design a Synthetic Environment Machine Interface System (SEMIS) with multi-modal inference processing based on gestures and speech is detailed. The Phase 1 Work Plan employs the Rational Unified Process and AGILE software methodologies to ensure a focus on a supervisory operator"s needs and system goals. Examples of innovative proposed functionality include: a collaborative unmanned sensor group, sensor action ring overlay, HMI sensor toolkits, gesture table, 3D holograms, temporal timeline, health and status displays and data product tools. A cognitive analysis plan is utilized for analysis of problem domain functionality with respect to operator workload, varying levels of automation, and portrayal of information for sensor monitoring and re-tasking. A software testbed is also created for analysis and testing of proposed algorithms and HMI visualizations. At the end of Phase I, results of the research of are presented coupled with a limited demonstration of the SEMIS with the AFRL"s ICEbox in a supervisory operator mission scenario. Market segments are defined for commercialization, including PED systems, UxV ground control stations, medical imaging, and Cyber Warfare markets.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey A. Getzlaff
Principle Investigator
(480) 363-5109

Business Contact:

Jeffrey A. Getzlaff
(480) 363-5109
Small Business Information at Submission:

Unova Technologies
9015 N. Cobre Drive Phoenix, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 460866851
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No