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Automatic User Interface Configuration Management

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Department of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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Anacapa Sciences, Inc.
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL P. O. Box 519 Santa Barbara, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Automatic User Interface Configuration Management
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-09-M-0092
Award Amount: $69,887.00


The need for a rational strategy to manage the evolution of user interfaces (UI) during block upgrades in complex tactical weapon systems has been a daunting, and costly, challenge for all services, especially the Navy. The emergence of open and Service-Oriented Architectures has exacerbated this problem. Vendors of these systems and the government agree that design tools are needed which provide UI designers with an environment that semi- or automatically manages these changes. Working with our Phase III transition partner, Raytheon IDS, we plan to design, development, implement, and test TRUIDTM, Toolset for Rational User Interface Design. Developed as a Java plug-in, TRUID consists of a query-based design pattern recognizer, a system analyzer for parsing the UI into chunks, a task decomposer that breaks down system tasks hierarchically, an IF-THEN UI design rule engine that optimizes widget/controller configuration given task and mission context, a document compiler that automatically reconfigures as design changes are made, and a scenario-based training aid for system and UI designers. TRUID will be prototyped in Phase II and field tested in the context of a Navy weapon system of interest, such as the CCS MK2 Weapons Control System or the AN/BYG-1 Advanced Submarine Combat System.

Principal Investigator:

V. Spiker
Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Robert Dick
Principal Scientist
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301 East Carrillo Street 2FL P. O. Box 519 Santa Barbara, CA 93102

EIN/Tax ID: 952621814
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No