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Company Information:

Company Name: Aptima, Inc.
City: Woburn
State: MA
Zip+4: 01801-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://aptima.com
Phone: (781) 496-2415

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $17,465,447.00 191
SBIR Phase II $73,831,127.00 101
STTR Phase I $2,327,999.00 28
STTR Phase II $10,642,338.00 17

Award List:

COMPUTER-BASED ADAPTIVE TUTOR FOR ADULT READING COMPREHENSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a computer-based adaptive tutor to improve the reading comprehension skills of adult readers. Our instructional strategy is based on the Reciprocal Teaching method, demonstrated to improve reading comprehension. The "scaffolded" Reciprocal Teaching method demonstrates… More

A System to Enhance Team Decision-Making Peformance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty
Award Amount: $99,921.00
Abstract:
In complex human-machine systems such as military command and control (C2), corporatestrategic planning, air traffic control, and computer-supported collaborative work, the scope and complexity of the task often require that the decision-making function be distributed over several humans organized… More

A System to Enhance Team Decision-Making Peformance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty
Award Amount: $1,039,946.00
Abstract:
In complex human-machine systems such as military command and control (C2), corporatestrategic planning, air traffic control, and computer-supported collaborative work, the scope and complexity of the task often require that the decision-making function be distributed over several humans organized… More

Computer-based Tool for Information Flow Analysis of a Complex and Adaptive Theater Warfare System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty
Award Amount: $99,827.00
Abstract:
In complex command and control architectures, warfighters must clearly understand the impact of information flow on information management and decision-making processes. To cope with rapidly changing mission environments, complex, information-rich theater warfare systems must adapt their… More

(CODE): A Mission-Driven, Human-Centered Quantitative Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $69,945.00

A Streamlined Scenario-Based Methodology for Evaluation Distributed Team Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $99,971.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty
Award Amount: $749,767.00

A Case Resource for Cognitive Task Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Donna Anastasi
Award Amount: $69,995.00

Model-Based Performance Assessment for the Jobs of the 21st Century

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $119,927.00
Abstract:
Not Available This Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Proposal details the technical and business strategies of Blue Sky Batteries to develop extremely high charge capacity polymers for use as cathodes in rechargeable lithium or lithium-ion based batteries. The weight and packaging savings… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Not Available We propose to develop a new class of Web-based groupware that supports a much broader range of collaborative activities than previously possible. The new capabilities that we envision will support scientific inquiry and planning by enabling whole teams t

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $750,000.00

A Case Resource for Cognitive Task Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Donna Anastasi
Award Amount: $283,315.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Hess, Senior Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen M. Hess
Award Amount: $120,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Vice President of R&D
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Model-Based Performance Assessment for the Jobs of the 21st Century

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $729,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Hess, Senior Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Advanced Opposed-piston 2-stroke Diesel Demonstrator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, Research I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The concept of Network-Centric Warfare is rapidly becoming a reality fortoday's modern military. In practically every operational context--fromsimulation-based training, to digital collaborative planning, to real-timevideo conferencing on the battlefield--the tools used by the modern

Work-Centered Interface Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In complex sociotechnical systems such as military command and control, multiple individuals must work with complex and dynamic information from many diverse sources. Methods are needed to increase worker productivity in such systems by reducing thecognitive complexity of the multi-system… More

Distributed Crew Interface for Autonomous Satellite Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Elliot Entin, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR, the Aptima team will draw upon its experience and expertise in studying, designing, and supporting effective distributed teams, and its long-term expertise in the design of human-centered interfaces for military command and controlteams to design the interface for a remote… More

COMPUTER-BASED ADAPTIVE TUTOR FOR ADULT READING COMPREHENSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Spitz, Senior Human Factors Eng
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The Navy is rapidly transitioning to the electronic presentation of maintenance documentation (IETMs), combined with advances in automated machine diagnostics. The overall technical objective for Phase I was to demonstrate the feasibility of using a singlesource of IETM data to effectively support… More

Cyclone Separator for Bioaerosol Sampling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan
Award Amount: $596,912.00

Shipboard Bio-mechanical Oil Water Separator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kathy Hess, Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Technological advances (e.g., advanced electronic classrooms, video tele-training, and web-based curricula), quickly being incorporated into instructional environments, offer the instructor increased flexibility. To maximize learning we must explore notonly technology but the multiple factors that… More

Latent Semantic Analysis for Assessment and Training of Knowledge and Competencies in Air Force Intelligence Organizations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Dir of Research Division
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A highly automated approach is proposed to measure learning and performance of cognitive tasks in Air Force intelligence organizations. We propose to identify key knowledge requirements, Mission Essential Competencies, and training needs in arepresentative intelligence domain; develop a Latent… More

Scenario-Based Decision Skills Training for Geographically Distributed Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen Entin, Sr. Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this work is to develop a web-enabled scenario-based decision skills training program for distributed teams. In Phase I, using applicable research on team theory and scenario-based team training, we will develop a methodology for implementinga distributed team training program using… More

Improved Rotorcraft Substantiation & Usage Tracking Methodology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kathy Hess, I/O Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Technological advances such as advanced electronic classrooms, video tele-training, and web-based curricula offer flexibility for training not possible in traditional settings. Computer-supported training must be more than a simple digitization oftraining materials. Rather, training has to support… More

Enhancing the Usability of Computer Generated Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Vice President of R&D
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Computer-generated forces can play a key role in Distributed Mission Training (DMT), allowing warfighters to practice team and team-of-teams coordination without involving hundreds of live players. In order for CGF units to live up to their potential forDMT, however, they must be easy to create,… More

Instructional Design Aid for Creating Pedagogically Correct, Interesting and Motivating Instructional Content

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Director of Research Div
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Measures of the usability of systems have traditionally focused on the physical fit between man and machine. We propose to develop model-based measures of cognitive fit, or cognitive fightability. The proposed measures are a function of the congruencebetween three factors: the mission, the cognitive… More

Enhancing the Usability of Computer Generated Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Vice President of R&D
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Computer-generated forces can play a key role in Distributed Mission Training (DMT), allowing warfighters to practice team and team-of-teams coordination without involving hundreds of live players. In order for CGF units to live up to their potential forDMT, however, they must be easy to create,… More

Integrating Tools, Organizations, and Information to Optimize Effects-Based Command and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrei Kotlov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The increasing complexity and tempo of modern warfare, combined with unparalleled advances in computer power and network connectivity, have set the stage for the emerging concept of Effects-Based Operations (EBO). EBO is being tested in exercises (e.g.Global '00), and an initial set of tools to… More

Integrating Tools, Organizations, and Information to Optimize Effects-Based Command and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrei Kotlov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $740,850.00
Abstract:
The increasing complexity and tempo of modern warfare, combined with unparalleled advances in computer power and network connectivity, have set the stage for the emerging concept of Effects-Based Operations (EBO). EBO is being tested in exercises (e.g.Global '00), and an initial set of tools to… More

Real Tme Intelligent Coaching for Command and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF GEORGIA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Joe Key
Abstract:
INTACT is an embedded tool to reduce operator workload un ccomples, information-rich, multi-task operational envbironments as well as an embedded coach for simulation based training. The coach is intended to ensure that a student is able to completesimulated mission task correctly, even when… More

Distributed Crew Interface for Autonomous Satellite Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Spitz, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"The Phase I work resulted in defining a process to develop an initial interface design for a human-centered interface that allows distributed crew members to communicate, maintain situation awareness, and collaborate in a wireless environment usingadvanced information technology tools to detect,… More

Team Collaboration in Critical Thinking: A Model, Measures, and Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Leader, Cognitive Systems
Award Amount: $597,060.00
Abstract:
"The Phase II research proposed here will develop a model of team collaboration in critical thinking (TC2T) that builds upon the framework proposed by Alberts, et al. (2001) and upon the research team's considerable experience studying individualsteams in command and control settings. From this… More

Telemedicine and Advanced Medical Technology - Refined Training Tools for Medical Readiness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available "Medical readiness for combat casualty care requires that clinicians maintain a high level of proficiency for skills that are rarely or never used in day-to-day practice. Simulation training environments seem a promising way to provide these learningopportunities, but the… More

Adaptive Training for Real-Time Intelligence Monitoring & Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Leader, Cog Sys Group
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"We propose to develop an Intelligent Tutoring System for AF intelligence analysts (ITS4Intel) that helps student analysts to refine and apply the two cognitive skills that are fundamental to their work: categorization and inference. It will usescenario-based training to team them to assess the… More

Time Critical Targeting Cell (TCTC) for Team Training and Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, VP of Tech Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"The training of effective teams has become increasingly important in both military and civilian settings. The state of our current knowledge about taskwork and teamwork processes enables us to propose a theory-anchored, systematic method for the design ofteam training and evaluation. In Phase I we… More

Team Performance Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"In Phase I we defined a framework to categorize teams based on underlying team competencies. This classification approach categorized teams in such a way that their necessary competencies are apparent following assignment. Understanding thesecompetencies is central to developing team performance… More

Team Performance Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"In Phase I we defined a framework to categorize teams based on underlying team competencies. This classification approach categorized teams in such a way that their necessary competencies are apparent following assignment. Understanding thesecompetencies is central to developing team performance… More

Complex Organizational REasoning System (CORES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, President & CEO
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
"For OOTW there is a need to work with, respond to, understand, and predict the behavior of a wide range of organizations?ranging from military units to coalition forces, terrorist cells, and civilian populations. Planning for OOTW requires being able toreason about how a diverse range of… More

Case-Based HCI Design Advisor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Spitz, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"As the number and range of interface technologies increases, the personal experience and expertise of human computer interaction (HCI) designers is often insufficient to ensure that wide ranges of innovative interface options are considered during design.This limited experience could slow down the… More

Tool for VISualization of Threats and Attacks (VISTA) in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Vice President of R&D
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
"Traditionally, the military intelligence analyst has been able to focus on a known enemy within situations that are relatively comprehensible. Uniforms, military equipment, and communication patterns, to name a few, could identify the enemy. However,increasingly the United States Army faces a new… More

Multi-Function Displays for Warfighter Consolidation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"The Navy is under pressure to reduce staffing levels on its combat ships. However, current displays are designed to support single-functions, which makes it difficult to reduce manning without limiting the crew's ability to perform the current number ofcombat functions. New multi-function… More

Revolutionary Selection Procedures for High Technology, Communication-intensive Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, I/O Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"The Army is in the process of transforming itself from the Legacy Force of today to the Objective Force of the future. The Objective Force will have a new organization, new training techniques, new combat systems, and new ways of conducting warfare.Therefore new selection criteria and procedures… More

Automated Communications Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Research Division Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Synthetic environment exercises are a critical component in the DOD's strategy for testing CONOPS, training soldiers, and evaluating equipment. Communication is a vital component of these exercises, and communications data is a valuable information sourcefor AAR facilitation. However,… More

Web-based Game Design Advisor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Diane Miller, Sr. Human Systems Enginee
Award Amount: $98,675.00
Abstract:
"Gaming technologies offers flexibility not possible with classroom-delivered training and enable instructors to train more students faster. Instructional games offer the strong potential to increase understanding and retention of learning materials andengage and motivate learners.To maximize… More

Instructional System for Enhancing Seakeeping Cognitive Readiness and Decision-Making Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gavin Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,862.00
Abstract:
"Planing hull craft pose unique safety challenges. The Mark V Special Operations Craft, for instance, carries Special Operations Forces in littoral waters and travels at very high speeds. Failure to adequately negotiate wave conditions may result ininjury to the crew and damage to the craft. The… More

Identifying and Capturing the Cognitive Demands Imposed by New Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,954.00
Abstract:
"The fast pace of technological change has pushed military procurement into a design environment in which traditional evolutionary design methods no longer satisfy the need to take advantage of the new functionality that is now emerging. No aspect of thisnew demand is more taxing than the design for… More

T-TRANE: Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"The goal of this work is to develop Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment (T-TRANE), a web-enabled scenario-based teamwork skills training program for distributed teams. In Phase I, using applicable research on team theory andscenario-based team training, we developed… More

Design and Validation of Simulation-based Training for Emergency First Responders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Simulation-based training is a promising instructional tool for training first responder military and civilian emergency personnel but its growth and adoption into practical use in training programs has been significantly hindered by the lack ofvalidation. We will address this challenge through… More

The Analyst's Analyst: An Assessment And Training System For Intelligence Organizations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Dir of Research Division
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"Aptima and Knowledge Analysis Technologies will create a training system for DGS intelligence analysts. The system will leverage an innovative assessment technology: Latent Semantic Analysis. The system, called the Analyst's Analyst will:¿ Assess knowledge and skills that constitute Mission… More

A Web-Enabled Authoring Tool for Communicating Medical Risks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Research on framing suggests that an individual's decisions about medical treatments can be affected by whether the information about the impacts of alternative treatments are framed positively (in terms of benefits) or negatively (in terms of risks). Thegoal of this project is to develop a… More

The Analyst's Analyst: An Assessment And Training System For Intelligence Organizations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Dir of Research Division
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"Aptima and Knowledge Analysis Technologies will create a training system for DGS intelligence analysts. The system will leverage an innovative assessment technology: Latent Semantic Analysis. The system, called the Analyst's Analyst will:¿ Assess knowledge and skills that constitute Mission… More

T-TRANE: Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"The goal of this work is to develop Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment (T-TRANE), a web-enabled scenario-based teamwork skills training program for distributed teams. In Phase I, using applicable research on team theory andscenario-based team training, we developed… More

Warrior Readiness for Coalition and Collaborative Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, Vice President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"The focus of this proposal is to develop a system that is responsive to the needs of military leaders in developing and maintaining high performance, multinational teams. In Phase I we will define requirements for a scenario-based assessment and trainingsystem. The system will be derived from a… More

A Model-Based Index of Cognitive Fightability for Warrior Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Director of Research Div
Award Amount: $739,437.00
Abstract:
Current methods to assess system effectiveness often require the development of prototype systems and costly evaluation studies. Several heuristic approaches exist to support technology selection and implementation services, however a scientifically-basedprocess is needed that will consider the… More

TACTICS: Tutoring and Assessment Capability for Training IO/IW Critical Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Leader, Cognitive Systems
Award Amount: $960,000.00
Abstract:
Information operations and information warfare (IO/IW) are critical capabilities for 21st century warfare. Because the skills of IO/IW are primarily cognitive, they are difficult to observe, measure, and train reliably. Aptima and its teammates will buildscenario-based assessment and training… More

Training Scenario Generator (TSG)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, Vice President of Tech De
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Simulation-based training is becoming an increasingly dominant mode of performance development in the broad spectrum of instructional, educational, and mission rehearsal media. In Phase I, we prototyped a Training Scenario Generator (TSG) to advance thetraining scenario development process from art… More

Complex Organizational Reasoning System (CORES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kari Chopra, Quantitative Analyst
Award Amount: $367,436.00
Abstract:
In Operations Other Than War (OOTW), there is a need for intelligence analysts and military planners to anticipate the actions and responses of complex networked organizations in nontraditional environments, particularly when confronting hostile networks.The Complex Organizational Reasoning System… More

Automated Diagnosis of Usability Problems Using Statistical Computational Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Carol P. Sprague
Abstract:
The effects of poor usability range from mere inconvenience to disaster. Human factors specialists employ usability analysis to reduce the likelihood or impact of such failures. However, good usability analysis requires usability reports that are rarelycollected, rarely complete, and difficult to… More

Tool for VISualization of Threats and Attacks (VISTA) in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Frederich Diedrich, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Traditionally, the military intelligence analyst has been able to focus on a known enemy within situations that are relatively comprehensible. Uniforms, military equipment, and communication patterns, to name a few, could identify the enemy. However,increasingly the United States Army faces a new… More

Revolutionary Selection Procedures for High Technology, Communication-intensive Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, I/O Research Psychologist
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Both military and civilian work environments are changing drastically. Globalization, new technology, and other advances dictate the need for people with new skills and abilities. The Army, in the process of transforming to the Objective Force, will havea new organization, new training techniques,… More

AutoCAS: Automated Communications Analysis System for use in Military Synthetic Environment Exercises

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitve Scient
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Effective communications are essential in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). Leaders must coordinate distributed squads of soldiers in hostile, urban battlegrounds through communication. However, though verbal communications are easy to capture,it traditionally takes days or weeks to… More

STRIKE-TCT: Simulation-based Training and Rehearsal Integrated Knowledge-acquisition Environment for Time Critical Targeting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
As new capabilities are designed and developed for the Joint Strike Fighter, it is essential that effective time critical targeting (TCT) training capabilities be designed, developed and tested for ultimate integration into future JSF training. We proposeto develop STRIKE-TCT-a PC-based training… More

Modeling Asymmetric Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, President and CEO
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
To predict likely terrorist actions and terrorist targets in the U.S. we need (1) models of how terrorist organizations evolve and learn (2) identification of cultural variables likely to shape the evolution of terrorist organizations within the U.S. and(3) methods for including these cultural… More

Instructional System for Enhancing Seakeeping Cognitive Readiness and Decision-Making Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $734,928.00
Abstract:
Planing hull craft used for high-speed operations in littoral waters pose numerous safety challenges. Failure to adequately negotiate wave conditions may result in injury to the crew and damage to the craft. Our primary goal for this project is to designa comprehensive instructional system that… More

Identifying and Capturing the Cognitive Demands Imposed by New Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The fast pace of technological change has pushed military procurement into a design environment in which traditional evolutionary design methods no longer satisfy the need to take advantage of the new functionality that is now emerging. No aspect of thisnew demand is more taxing than the design for… More

Networks in Organizational Risk Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kari Chopra
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a formal modeling tool, Networks in Organizational Risk Management (NORM), that allows mission planners and organizational designers to create and experiment with organizational structures that minimize risk throughout the lifecycle of a system. The core of our approach is a… More

Design and Validation of Simulation-based Training for Emergency First Responders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Simulation-based training is a promising instructional approach for training military and civilian first responders. In addition to training in relevant taskwork skills, there is a need for first responder training in cognitively-based skills such assituation assessment and decision making. We are… More

Warrior Readiness for Coalition and Collaborative Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kathy Hess, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The focus of this proposal is to develop a leadership training system that facilitates the development and maintenance of high performance in multi-cultural teams. Specifically, the goal of this effort is to develop a scenario-based assessment andtraining system that can be implemented through a… More

The Team Doctor: A Human-Centered Performance Assessment, Diagnosis, and Feedback Toolset

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Training for combat systems such as the Joint Strike Fighter must break new ground, delivering a single training framework that meets the needs of all four services while reducing training system acquisition and life cycle costs. Our proposed effortfocuses on a critical aspect of this training… More

Training Rapid Decision-Making Processes Required by the Dismounted Objective Force Leader

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Research Division Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Objective Force Warriors will use new technologies that provide them with information in unprecedented volume. To use these assets well, leaders of small units will need strong problem-solving and decision-making skills. Current Army training may addresssome of these skills, but not all. The… More

Portraying Uncertainty in Battlefield Weather Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gavan Lintern, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Military planning and logistics must account for weather effects on both a strategic and tactical level. There is, however, uncertainty associated with any forecast that confounds planning and decision-making in relation to anticipated weather effects andtheir impacts on equipment and personnel. The… More

Infusiun: A Decision Support System for Intelligence Fusion and Uncertainty Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kari Chopra, Quantitative Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop the Infusiun decision support tool to provide quantitative support to counter-terrorism analysts performing Level 3 information fusion (Threat Assessment) from open-source and human intelligence. The focus of our effort is onproviding intelligence analysts with methods to… More

Play Space for Parental Understanding of Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Frederick J. Diedrich
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project examines caregiver understanding of child development in order to design and test an educational play space geared toward improving that understanding through active, hands-on guidance. The goals of the play space are to improve caregiver… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Donna Anastasi
Award Amount: $100,000.00

T-TRANE: Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The goal of this work is to develop a web-enabled scenario-based teamwork skills training program for adaptive, rapidly deployable military teams. The program will provide a completely portable training system that allows teams to increase theirreadiness before and after deployment, whether they… More

T-TRANE: Teamwork Training and Remote Assessment in a Networked Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this work is to develop a web-enabled scenario-based teamwork skills training program for adaptive, rapidly deployable military teams. The program will provide a completely portable training system that allows teams to increase theirreadiness before and after deployment, whether they… More

AutoCAS: Automated Communications Analysis System for use in Military Synthetic Environment Exercises

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitve Scient
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Effective communications are essential in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). Leaders must coordinate distributed squads of soldiers in hostile, urban battlegrounds through communication. However, though verbal communications are easy to capture,it traditionally takes days or weeks to… More

AutoCAS: Automated Communications Analysis System for use in Military Synthetic Environment Exercises

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitve Scient
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Effective communications are essential in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). Leaders must coordinate distributed squads of soldiers in hostile, urban battlegrounds through communication. However, though verbal communications are easy to capture,it traditionally takes days or weeks to… More

Automated Diagnosis of Usability Problems Using Statistical Computational Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Massachusetts
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $523,000.00
RI Contact: Carol P. Sprague
Abstract:
Poorly designed software and hardware systems are inconvenient at best; at worst, they are deadly. Usability evaluation techniques are designed to detect the potential for disasters and inefficiencies in poorly designed software. However, usability analyses are prone to failure due to conflicting… More

Networks in Organizational Risk Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kari Chopra, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a formal modeling software tool, Networks in Organizational Risk Management (NORM), that allows mission planners and organizational designers to create and experiment with organizational structures that minimize risk throughout the lifecycle of a system. The core of our… More

Advancing the Objective Force Through Mulitnational Coalitions and Interagency Task Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, Vice President of Tech De
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort aims to develop a system that is responsive to the military's needs to develop high performing multinational teams. The goal of the project is to develop a theoretically grounded, computer-based, multination team preparation system. We envision four interrelated components… More

CASSIE: Complex Adaptive System Strategy Interplay Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Melhuish, Organizational Analyst
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
At the core of the Joint Force Air Component Commander's (JFACC) responsibilities is the need to understand the enemy, and the enemy's Courses of Action (COA) to enable successful operational decision-making and to develop a comprehensive air strategy for the Aerospace Operations Center (AOC). … More

Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Wright State University
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: William K. Sellers
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed work is to integrate a normative engineering model into an intelligent tutoring system. This system will allow continuous performance monitoring and adaptation of training based on performance assessment. To accomplish these goals a model will be developed that will… More

KNowledge-based Organizational Modeling Environment (KNOME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Serfaty, Principal Founder
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Methods are needed to understand, map, and measure the flow of information in C2 operations centers, taking into account the value of that information and the effects of information value on mission performance. The Knowledge-based Organizational Modeling Environment (KNOME) will combine task-based… More

Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis of Verbal and Behavioral Data in Dynamic Mission Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Recent efforts to automatically assess cognitive state from communications data using Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) have produced impressive results (Gorman, Foltz, et al., 2003; Freeman, Thompson, and Cohen, 2000). However, these efforts (1) leveraged only the linguistic data available in… More

M-PORTAL (Multi-Player Operational Readiness Trainer for Advanced Leadership)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Garrity, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The focus of this proposal is to create a model-based proof-of-concept for a scenario-based, on-demand trainer to enhance and extend current on-the-job training focused towards the development and maintenance of Operational Readiness in senior AOC leaders. The training will be based on an updated… More

Measurement of Career Leadership Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
In June of 2000, as part of the Army's Transformation Campaign Plan, the Chief of Staff, Army, (CSA) chartered a panel of both military and civilian experts to look at training and leader development within the Army. This panel of experts surveyed over ten thousand soldiers in the field; it… More

Leadership Measurement and Assessment Program (Leadership-MAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
In June of 2000, as part of the Army's Transformation Campaign Plan, the Chief of Staff, Army, (CSA) chartered a panel of both military and civilian experts to look at training and leader development within the Army. This panel of experts surveyed over ten thousand soldiers in the field; it… More

Adapting Intelligent Tutoring System for Assessing Collaborative Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Frederich Diedrich, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
Effective team training is at the heart of enhanced mission effectiveness for military operations now and into the foreseeable future. However, despite numerous advances in intelligent tutoring system (ITS) technologies for individual skills, these systems have yet to fully address the "coach-less"… More

C2-MATE: Command and Control Model-based Architecture Tool for Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
Rapidly evolving technology and network connectivity are enabling innovative command and control systems, concepts, and strategies, yet no accepted measures exist for assessing the effectiveness of those innovations. Because effective C2 outcomes are difficult to define, and the contribution of… More

Perioperative Readiness Information Management Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eileen Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Accurate patient information is perhaps the most important requirement for the delivery of safe, coordinated and comprehensive care by members of the health care system. This is especially true of the complex and high-risk perioperative process where the consequences of compromised patient safety… More

CASTT: Coaching Assistant for Scenario-Based Teamwork Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Craig Haimson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $723,302.00
Abstract:
Effective team training is at the heart of enhanced mission effectiveness for military operations. However, despite numerous advances in multi-player simulation-based training environments and intelligent tutoring system (ITS) technologies for individual skills, these systems have yet to fully… More

C2-MATE: Command and Control Model-based Architecture Tool for Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dave Clark, Senior Operations Researc
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Rapidly evolving technology and network connectivity are enabling innovative command and control systems, concepts, and strategies, yet no accepted measures exist for assessing the effectiveness of those innovations. C2-MATE-the Command and Control Model-based Architecture Tool for Evaluation-is a… More

IMAGES: Instrument for the Measurement and Advancement of Group Environmental SA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Principal Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Susan Burkett
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed work is to assess and enhance team situational awareness in distributed, mixed-synchrony environments. To do so, we will integrate existing state-of-the-art conceptual mapping and analysis technologies with a cutting edge peer-to-peer infrastructure. The aggregate… More

Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis of Verbal and Behavioral Data in Dynamic Mission Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Assessment of communications in simulation based training suffers from (1) slow pace, (2) a reliance on communications data to the exclusion of behavioral and contextual data, (3) use of a single language model to handle multiple forms of language, and (4) failure to systematically address Mission… More

Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Vice President, Research
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: William K. Sellers
Abstract:
The Model-based Optimal System for Training (MOST) is an optimal Intelligent Team Tutoring System (ITTS) for training team and individual resource allocation skills. MOST will contain five models; (1) an optimal task performance model (expert model), (2) an optimal context model, (3) an optimal… More

M-PORTAL (Multi-Player Operational Readiness Trainer for Advanced Leadership)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Garrity, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $749,707.00
Abstract:
Formal training for senior leadership positions in the USAF is uncommon. USAF leaders typically receive little training to perform at the operational level. Therefore, we propose to develop a tool that will supplement their on-the-job training and benefit a variety of leadership positions. During… More

CASSIE: Complex Adaptive System Strategy Interplay Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Melhuish, Organizational Analyst
Award Amount: $744,307.00
Abstract:
Our Phase I effort demonstrated the potential for Complex Adaptive Systems theory (CAS) simulation modeling to help in strategy development regarding enemy's Courses of Action (COA). The Complex Adaptive System Strategy Interplay Environment (CASSIE) project discovered that numerical simulation… More

IMAGES: Instrument for the Measurement and Advancement of Group Environmental SA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Experimental Psychologist
Award Amount: $495,501.00
RI Contact: Susan Burkett
Abstract:
Network centric warfare promises to increase information sharing and allow distribution of decision making. This will improve military effectiveness, but only if the situational awareness (SA) of warfighters is correctly aligned. IMAGES is a software tool that will infer the cognitive states of… More

Shared Understanding Across Levels of Command

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, VP, Government Programs
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
In any mission involving hierarchical levels of command, a key success factor is the clear communication of intent, as well as a common understanding of the ongoing situation, across levels of command. In practice, however, command intent may be distorted as subordinates communicate goals downward,… More

PERSUADE: PERSonnel-based Unit of Action Design Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation & Optimization Engineer
Award Amount: $119,886.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed work is to utilize innovative optimization algorithms and normative engineering models for the design of Army organizations. This system will increase productivity and efficiency of Army organizations by identifying critical factors in organizational structure, resource… More

New Technologies for Growing Leaders: Assessment of Wisdom

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
Increasingly, the Army has become engaged in "operations other than war." Compared to traditional combat operations, these missions are considerably more complex and ill-defined. Success in these operations requires that Army leaders view problems from a Joint Forces mindset, recognize the long-term… More

The Resource for Applied Cognitive Engineering - (TRACE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, Vice President, Government Programs
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Future C4ISR capabilities must provide warfighters with the abilities to clearly and comprehensively understand the battlespace and quickly decide on appropriate courses of action. Future systems must account for the cognitive capabilities and limitations of users, giving warfighters the ability to… More

Data Integration for Validation of Effectiveness of Systems -(DIVES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy is taking advantage of the revolution in information technology to support rapid evolution of its command and control systems. Along with the ability to rapidly reconfigure displays and controls, however, comes the need to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of new human-machine… More

Enhancing Tactical Decision-Making in Navy Seal Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Sager, Senior Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Network centric warfare offers increased connectivity across echelons, enabling smaller, lighter units to behave with greater independence and respond faster to changing operational contexts. Nowhere is this capability more valuable than in Special Warfare, where small teams seek to move rapidly,… More

EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
This proposal arises from an attempt to design a computer suitable for the efficient execution of software that displays human-like cognitive abilities. Examples of such software applications include natural language understanding, text processing, conceptually based internet search, natural… More

Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gildea, Human Factors Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A major requirement for effective weapon system evaluation, construct development, and training in constructive simulations is the ability to adequately represent behaviors in response to suppressive fire during urban combat. Current simulations lack adequate representation of the behavioral… More

SECANT: Simulation for Evaluation of C2 Arrayed Networks and Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Clark, Senior Operations Research Analyst
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a discrete event simulation tool for evaluation and analysis of the components of a real-time, distributed computing/communications environment. This environment consists of communications equipment and the human decision makers whose tasks are facilitated by this equipment. … More

Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems (MiDAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF IOWA
Principal Investigator: Michael Linegang, Human Factors Analyst
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: William F. Decker
Abstract:
We propose producing the MiDAS (Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems) interface designed to exploit existing automation capabilities of unmanned vehicles and improve future user interfaces in unmanned vehicles using an automated control system. Our technical approach features an innovative… More

Role Based Real-Time Virtual Collaborative Toolkit for TST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeanine Ayers, Senior Software Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Military operations are transitioning from a platform-centric (or unit-oriented) approach to a network-centric (or enterprise-oriented) architecture. This architecture will provide decision makers with unprecedented amounts of information. However, information availability alone is insufficient to… More

Performance Effects Related to FORce-Cueing Manipulation- (PERFORM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gildea, Human Factors Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed effort is to develop a predictive model-based tool, and associated metrics, to assess the impact of various levels of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness and combat mission performance. Aptima will base the proposed tool on an updated categorization of the levels… More

Manpower and Personnel Estimation Methods for Post-Deployment Software Maintenance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Colonna-Romano, Human Systems Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to provide the basis for a decision support capability for project/program managers early in the systems acquisition process so they can make informed decisions to reduce life cycle costs and improve deployed system readiness. This project will apply Cognitive Work… More

Simulation of Cultural Identities for Prediction of Reactions-(SCIPR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Justin Boesel, Simulation Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A central challenge for the U.S. armed services lies not in fighting nation-state armed forces, but in dealing with more irregular forces. The glue that holds many of these forces together and motivates them to fight is a common belief system, or shared cultural identity. Hence, it is essential to… More

PERSUADE: PERSonnel-based Unit of Action Design Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation & Optimization
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The PERSonnel-based Unit of Action Design Environment (PERSUADE) is a software package that facilitates the design of superior military organizations and Command and Control (C2) processes. PERSUADE's interactive simulation, optimization, and decision aid tools will give users the ability to… More

Shared Understanding Across Levels of Command

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Sager, Senior Human Factors Scie
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
In any mission involving hierarchical levels of command, a key success factor is the clear communication of intent, as well as a common understanding of the ongoing situation, across echelons. In practice, however, command intent may be distorted as subordinates communicate goals downward through… More

EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $736,956.00
Abstract:
This project is an attempt to design a computer suitable for the efficient execution of software that displays human-like cognitive abilities. Examples of such software applications include natural language understanding, text processing, conceptually based internet search, natural human-computer… More

Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems (MiDAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF IOWA
Principal Investigator: Michael Linegang, Human Factors Analyst
Award Amount: $495,413.00
RI Contact: William Decker
Abstract:
This effort is producing MiDAS (Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems); an operator interface designed to exploit revolutionary automated mission planning capabilities for unmanned vehicles (UVs) in planning and executing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The MiDAS… More

Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gildea, Human Factors Psychologis
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Effective evaluation of human-machine systems requires accurate representations of human behavior. Human response to suppression is particularly important because it typically interrupts a mission task which, if continued or completed, would impact the outcome of the engagement. Currently,… More

WorkRITE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Salter, Senior Cognitive Scientis
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Military operations are transitioning from a platform-centric approach to a network-centric architecture. Coupled with advances in sensor technology, this provides unprecedented amounts of information. At the same time, ops tempo is increasing. This presents challenges in the AOC and to the DTC in… More

The Resource for Applied Cognitive Engineering and Systems Engineering- (TRACE-SE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Human Systems Analyst
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Future C4ISR capabilities must provide warfighters with the abilities to clearly and comprehensively understand the battlespace and quickly decide on appropriate COA. Future systems must account for cognitive capabilities and limitations of users, giving warfighters the ability to "leverage… More

Performance Effects Related to FORce-Cueing Manipulation- (PERFORM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gildea, Human Factors Psychologis
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of the PERFORM Phase II effort is to develop a predictive model-based tool, and associated metrics, to assess the impact of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness. To achieve this goal, Aptima will deliver three primary products. First, we will deliver the PERFORM tool with… More

Simulation of Cultural Identities for Prediction of Reactions-(SCIPR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Justin Boesel, Simulation Analyst
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
A central challenge for the U.S. armed services lies not in fighting nation-state armed forces, but in dealing with more irregular forces. The glue that holds many of these forces together and motivates them to fight is a common belief system, or shared cultural identity. Hence, it is essential to… More

New Technologies for Growing Leaders: Assessment of Wisdom

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey M. Beaubien, Industrial-Organizational
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The Army has recently become engaged in numerous Support and Stability Operations (SASOs) throughout the world. Compared to combat operations, SASOs are considerably more complex and ill-defined. Success requires that Army leaders view problems from a Joint Forces mindset, recognize the long-term… More

ADAPT: Allocation of Dynamic Attention across People & Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGE MASON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Human-Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Ann McGuigan
Abstract:
Effective task management is a critical component of mission success. As warfighters are given more information to monitor, however, their ability to detect and attend to critical information and tasks is stressed. An automatic task manager is needed to help ensure that responses to events occur in… More

Virtual Puckster

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: E. Webb Stacy, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A key challenge for future immersive mission rehearsal and training systems is the control of computer-generated opposing and supporting friendly forces. Currently, large numbers of personnel (or "pucksters") are required to control computer-generated forces (CGFs), especially in simulated urban… More

Decision Making Constructs for a Distributed Environment (DCODE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: NAVAL POST GRADUATE SCHOOL
Principal Investigator: Kari Kelton, Organizational Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Danielle Kuska
Abstract:
Modern information technology enables decision makers to access and filter large volumes of information; however, this technology does not necessarily translate into improved decisions. While much technology has been created to deliver information, relatively little has been developed to help… More

CIFTS:Communications and Information Flow Tracking System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Steven Shope
Abstract:
Electronic text chat has become a primary medium of communication throughout the military over the past fifteen years. In organizations such as the Air and Space Operations Center's Dynamic Targeting Cell (DTC), it is used extensively among team members as they collaboratively process information… More

SCALE: Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: MASSACUUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Kari Kelton, Organizational Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Rosemary Hanlon
Abstract:
Static organization charts and standard processes define roles, methods, and authority in useful ways for common missions. But these same, rigid structures force the organization to behave inefficiently, often ineffectively on problems in new domains, problems requiring new coordination methods and… More

J-MOC: Joint Measurement Operations Controller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Craig Haimson, Team Lead, Cognitive Training
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A new emphasis on increased joint operations requires a transformation in the way we train our troops. Training must teach our forces to both think and act jointly. As part of this initiative, the Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) is being developed in order to enhance training for our… More

Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Enio E. Velazco, Director, OE Division
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The shipbuilding industry has a large number of workers that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in the shipbuilding process. A method of… More

Scenario-Based Performance Observation Tool for Learning in Team Environments Aerospace Crew-Centered Technologies (SPOTLITE-ACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Amy Alexander, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The insertion of new technology in the cockpit, especially "smart" technology designed to become an additional crewmember, will necessarily impact flight-related operations and crew functioning. We propose to develop an observer-based assessment tool, and associated measures, that will allow… More

ACTOR: Automated Collateral Tactics for OPFOR Responses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation & Optimization Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A key challenge for battlefield simulation is the estimation of enemy courses of action (COAs). Current adversarial COA development is a manual time-consuming process prone to errors due to limited knowledge about the adversary and its ability to adapt. Development of decision aids that can predict… More

Linked Ontologies for Knowledge Interoperability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, Cognitive Scientist, VP T
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
When team members collaborate to solve a problem, each brings his or her own set of experiences, beliefs, assumptions, and cultural tenets. This is especially apparent when members come from diverse cultures, e.g., in Joint or Coalition mission planning. Training, doctrine, and leadership can… More

STAR: Semantic Temporal Association Retrieval

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Duchon, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Intelligence analysts gather and synthesize information from multiple sources in response to both high priority requests and standing topics. Their expertise enables them to evaluate and process information effectively, but they spend too much time searching for relevant information. As ops tempo… More

Impact of Gaming Attributes om Measures training Effectiveness (IGAME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, Industrial-Organizational
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Kim Smith
Abstract:
Traditional military training is becoming increasingly constrained by logistical challenges, geographic distribution of personnel, and limited resources, leading to an increased interest in game-based training approaches. However, training developers need to better understand how to develop… More

Guidelines and Rules Instrument for Displays in 3D (GRID 3D)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: IOWA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Human-Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Gary Gillet
Abstract:
Technology continues to advance at faster and faster rates. Often new technology is created with little regard for the impact to the humans who must use this technology. One new technology the Navy is considering using is autostereographic displays, which permit users to see a true 3D image without… More

MetaCORE: Metadata automated Categorization and Optimized Relevance Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
To support net-centric warfare, the Air Force must automate the generation and maintenance of metadata about both new and legacy information products. Metadata will enable Warfighters to retrieve necessary information quickly enough for accelerated ops tempos from among the rapidly increasing number… More

SPADE: Scenario-based Performance Assessment for Dynamic Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Human Systems Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There are numerous challenges associated with maintaining high-quality performance in complex operational environments. For Air Weapons Controllers (AWCs) maintaining high levels of proficiency is a critical and challenging task because of the complexity of the domain. AWCs are primarily responsible… More

TeamBuilder: Assembling Ad Hoc Virtual Teams to Respond to Emergent Demands

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kara L. Orvis, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The environment in which the US military must operate has grown increasingly complex. Successful command hinges on the ability to quickly assemble and assign capable teams to cope with emergent demands, often across barriers of time and space. Thus it is imperative that a commander be able to… More

Uncertainty Visualization for Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Modern military simulations employ a variety of models to realistically represent warfighting capabilities and the environment in which these capabilities operate. These models and the simulations that use them attempt to capture the aspects of weapons systems that support training, mission… More

Distributed Methods for Assessing the Readiness of Coalition Workgroups, and Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Human Systems Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Although distributed, simulation-based training exercises provide an opportunity for realistic team practice, they often fail to provide the relevant and timely feedback necessary for effective training to take place. In this project the Aptima team will combine its expertise in competency-based… More

Driver Training and Safety System (DTASS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, VP government programs
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There is little question that drowsy driving and driver inattention are significant problems leading to large numbers of accident and loss of life. These sentiments are strongly confirmed in two recently published NHTSA reports make clear the relationship between driver inattention and vehicle… More

Pedagogical Agents for TPED Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Craig Haimson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop the TPED Pedagogical Agent Coaching Technology (T-PACT) which will comprise a system of agent-based models and supporting technologies that enable the insertion of pedagogically-driven synthetic teammates within CrossCue, a simulation-based ISR training environment. The T-PACT… More

Scenario Definition Language for Modeling & Simulation (M&S)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Colonna-Romano, Human-Systems Scientist
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Virtual and constructive simulation environments provide powerful practice for warfighters because they offer realistic events to which warfighters can respond. To use these environments for effective training, they must provide pedagogically sound training experiences which incorporate measures and… More

Intervention Methods and Performance Assessment for Crew Training (IMPACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey M. Beaubien, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The envisioned product of this SBIR is a Crew Resource Management (CRM) training program to enhance the time sensitive targeting (TST) skills of the Dynamic Targeting Cell (DTC) within the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC). We call this product IMPACT: Intervention Methods and… More

Cultural Agent Model to Predict in Habitant Opinion Reactions (CAMPHOR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Yuri Levchuk, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
One of the strategic goals for the United States armed forces is to win over the hearts and minds of the population in a military theater of operations. Special Operations Forces (SOF) perform missions in part to help win this battle for hearts and minds. In order to be more effective in attaining… More

Command & Control Robotic Assets Display (C2RAD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Emily K. Stelzer, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Army's Future Force will transform human warfighting units into distributed teams of human and robotic assets. These robotic assets are envisioned to dramatically improve real-time situational awareness (SA) for human troops, and increase mission success. Aptima has tested these claims for… More

Aerospace Systems Knowledge (ASK)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Enio Velazco, Dir. Organizational Effectiveness
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has a large number of employees that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in engineering the future… More

FINAL: Facility Identification via Networks with Adaptive Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation & Optimization Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Repetitive crimes, such as the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or supplying illegal drugs, present a growing challenge to society. Physical structures that can support these crimes provide potentially important invariants. The crimes must be situated somewhere, and the physical… More

BioSurveillance Indicators of Notable Events (BioSINE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Human-Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The potential for biological catastrophes, whether acts of war or naturally occurring, require military leaders to consider a variety of vexing scenarios. Commanders will be tasked with making difficult decisions that have critical implications for personnel, resources, and mission objectives. The… More

Medical Support Operations Team Readiness Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Fuji Lai, Human Factors/Simulation Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Medical Support Operations teams need to learn how to work effectively and safely in a coordinated response to large scale disaster situations such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. A key challenge in such situations is the need for situation awareness at all levels of command, which requires… More

CINAPS: Composable Interfaces for Networked Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sherman Tyler, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to produce CINAPS - Composable Interfaces for Networked Applications - a unique environment allowing operators to effectively compose interfaces for networked command and control applications. Using the unmanned vehicle domain as a command-and-control test case, this environment will… More

COSMIC: Collaborative Optimization System for Mixed-Initiative Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Patterson, Senior Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to produce COSMIC (Collaborative Optimization System for Mixed Initiative Control), a unique collaborative environment allowing multiple operators of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles to coordinate their efforts in accomplishing multiple high-level missions. Building on the work of the… More

Creating Requirements for Operational Safety Support Through Assessment of Flight-simulation Fidelity (CROSSTAFF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Vice President of Research
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Effective simulator-based training can dramatically increase safety margins when pilots are flying actual aircraft. However, the effectiveness of simulator-based training hinges on the fidelity with which simulators capture critical features of actual flight situations. Aptima proposes to develop… More

Modeling Accurate Cultural Behaviors for Effective Training of Humans (MACBETH)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Vice President, Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Global War on Terror requires coalition forces to engage with diverse cultures. This requires robust knowledge of cultures and skill at handling them. Current cultural training devices fail to leverage the theory, data, or interfaces necessary to deliver culturally rich training and mission… More

CoVE: Collaborative Visualization Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Emily M. Stelzer, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Current and future operational environments are likely to be characterized by a range of missions in a variety of locations around the world. For all these operational environments there is a large volume of data collected via sensors, human input, simulations and models that need to be analyzed to… More

Predicting Requirements for instructional Environment Design to Improve Critical Training (PREDICT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Traditional military training is becoming increasingly constrained by limited resources, geographic distribution of personnel, and the nature of ongoing operations, leading to an increased interest in the use of virtual training environments. However, training developers and systems acquisition… More

Cultural Assessment and Simulation of Military Information/Operations in Reaction and Response (CASMIRR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, VP Government Programs
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In the battle to "win the hearts and minds" of civilians close to conflict, the U.S. armed services have had difficulty operating and interacting with cultures different from our own. This seems largely due to the difficulty of understanding how culture applies to a given situation, and how the… More

STAR: Semantic Temporal Association Retrieval

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Duchon, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $445,872.00
Abstract:
Intelligence analysts gather and synthesize information from multiple sources in response to both high priority requests and standing topics. Their expertise enables them to evaluate and process information effectively. However, the time they spend searching for relevant information inevitably… More

Virtual Puckster

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, V.P. of Technology
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
A key challenge for future immersive mission rehearsal and training systems is the control of computer-generated opposing and supporting friendly forces. Currently, large numbers of personnel (or pucksters) are required to control computer-generated forces (CGFs), especially in simulated urban… More

Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Team Scientist
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The shipbuilding industry has a large number of workers that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to higher costs in the shipbuilding process. A method of capturing and transferring this experience and knowledge… More

SPADE: Scenario-based Performance Assessment for Dynamic Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Human Factors Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
There are numerous challenges associated with maintaining high-quality performance in complex operational environments. For Air Weapons Controllers (AWCs), maintaining high levels of proficiency is a critical and challenging task because of the complexity of the domain. AWCs are primarily… More

TeamBuilder: Assembling Ad Hoc Virtual Teams to Respond to Emergent Demands

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The environment which the US military must operate has grown increasingly complex. Successful command hinges on the ability to quickly assemble and assign capable teams to cope with emergent demands, often across barriers of time and space. It is imperative that a commander be able to quickly… More

MetaCORE: Metadata automated Categorization and Optimized Relevance Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $735,579.00
Abstract:
To support net-centric warfare, the Air Force must automate the generation and maintenance of metadata about both new and legacy information products. Metadata will enable Warfighters to retrieve necessary information quickly enough for accelerated ops tempos from among the rapidly increasing number… More

Distributed Methods for Assessing the Readiness of Coalition Workgroups, and Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hess, Senior I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Although distributed, simulation-based training exercises provide an opportunity for realistic team practice, they often fail to provide the relevant and timely feedback necessary for effective training to take place. In this project the Aptima team will combine its expertise in competency-based… More

Intervention Methods and Performance Assessment for Crew Training (IMPACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Beaubien, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
As Air Force missions become increasingly larger and more complex, the need for effective teamwork - such as shared situation awareness, coordination, and decision-making - becomes ever more critical to mission success. The Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) is one example of a large,… More

Data Integration for Validation of Effectiveness of Systems -(DIVES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy is taking advantage of the revolution in information technology to support rapid evolution of its command and control systems. Along with the ability to rapidly reconfigure displays and controls comes the need to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of new human-machine interface… More

A Web-Based Authoring Tool for Communicating Medical Risks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Eileen B. Entin, Senior Research Psycholog
Award Amount: $330,000.00
Abstract:
Voluntary behaviors such as alcohol consumption and unprotected sex can lead to serious health consequences for individuals, their family, and their social network, as well as present a serious public health concern. In order to reduce or eliminate the unwanted consequences of such voluntary… More

J-MOC: Joint Measurement Operations Controller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Bailey, Human Factors Scientist – (202) 842-1548
Award Amount: $970,000.00
Abstract:
With an increasing focus on Joint operations, current military training exercises are becoming more complex, relying on live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) environments. Currently, performance measurement, assessment, and feedback for JTF trainees in Joint training exercises focuses on… More

Optimized Planning and Tasking for the Intelligent Management of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (OPTIM-UAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF IOWA
Principal Investigator: Yuri Levchuk, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Twila Fisher Reighley
Abstract:
Warfighters in small expeditionary units are faced with rapidly re-allocating and re-tasking multiple unmanned air vehicles to support time-critical intelligence needs, despite limitations in communications and resources. To meet these challenges, warfighters need model-based tools to optimize task… More

Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing: MIMIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Vice President of Research
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Steven M. Shope
Abstract:
In less than a decade, UAVs have transitioned from a curiosity on the battlefield to a core capability for intelligence and attack. Recent investment has advanced the state the art in algorithms for routing vehicles and for interpreting the imagery they return. However, the intelligence that drives… More

Intelligent Icons for Meta-information Adaptive Presentation (12MAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Michael Patterson, Senior Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: William Sellers
Abstract:
Modern warfare is intensely information centric with vast amounts of information transmitted around the battlespace. Within this environment, it is critical to provide predictive and timely intelligence in planning and execution of operations. A tool is necessary to provide direction of ISR in the… More

CIFTS:Communications and Information Flow Tracking System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: COGNITIVE ENG. RESEARCH INST.
Principal Investigator: Andrew Duchon, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $743,120.00
RI Contact: Steven M. Shope
Abstract:
In organizations such as the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC), team members collaboratively process information about time sensitive targets for prosecution in time constrained situations. To assure the highest degree of performance, operators undergo periodic training. Training effectiveness… More

GATER: Game-based Assessment for Training and Empirical Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: TEXAS A&M UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Craig Haimson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Charlene Miller
Abstract:
Researchers who study skill acquisition require synthetic task environments (STEs) that accurately simulate task components that leverage cognitive skills. Multiplayer games hold great promise for use as lightweight STEs; however, to be useful for research, games must be enhanced with technologies… More

VISION: Video Identification of Structures, Intentions, Objects, and Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Decision support tools for target identification and alert generation depend upon the classification of static and moving objects. Existing methods for object classification rely primarily on static information available in single-frame images. The data from long-range video surveillance assets are… More

SATCAST-Space Awareness Toolkit for Calculating Anomalies to Satellite Tasking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Human Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The potentially catastrophic impact of enemy attacks on U.S. space assets, hence military missions, has led to recent efforts to improve Defensive Counter Space (DCS) workflow capabilities by increasing Space Situational Awareness (SSA). Critical for enhanced SSA, and therefore DCS workflow, is the… More

Culturally Aware Routing and Risk Management Application (CARRMA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Gildea, Human Factors Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Attacks against land-based convoys have become one of the defining characteristics of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with ambushes by snipers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) accounting for an enormous proportion of U.S. casualties. The vulnerability of convoys has been exacerbated by several… More

BESTNET: Behavior Signature of Terrorist Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation & Optimization Engineer
Award Amount: $99,655.00
Abstract:
Operational terrorists organize their activities largely through small groups based on relationships among friends and family. Their operations and organizations must stay invisible to survive, while coordinating activities in real geophysical locations by actual actors using real resources. Finding… More

Contextualized Pattern Recognition (CoPR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Yuri Levchuk, Senior Scientist and Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Modern warfare is intensely information centric with vast amounts of information transmitted around the battlespace. Within this environment, it is critical to provide predictive and timely intelligence in planning and execution of operations. A tool is necessary to provide direction of ISR in the… More

Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) Common Performance Measurement Development, Tracking, and Warehousing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeanine Ayers, Senior Software Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
With the migration towards integrated LVC training there is an increasing need to understand human performance both within and across systems and environments. The problem with current data formats is that they are often incompatible, with no common specification across training environments and… More

Automated Knowledge Structuring of Medical Charts Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Applied Mathematician
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Some major military health problems are caused or exacerbated by environmental factors. Gulf War Syndrome, reactions to Agent Orange, and other such problems tend to have diverse symptoms and delayed (and variable) latencies to onset. A major reason they are so difficult to identify, diagnose, and… More

Fostering Leadership for Ethical Climate-Setting (FLEC-S)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, Team Lead, Org. Pshychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In modern warfare, Soldiers frequently encounter situations that require sound ethical judgment. Recently there has been an increase in the situations where Soldiers have display unethical behavior in the face of trying circumstances. Given this, it is imperative that an ethical climate is… More

Operator Functional State Assessment and Dynamic Aiding Performance Tool (OFS-ADAPT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
As United States Air Force (USAF) missions become increasingly larger and more complex, the need for effective monitoring and assessment of operator state becomes ever more critical to mission success. Cognitive overload is, and will continue to be, a pervasive problem within a variety of… More

BioSurveillance Indicators of Notable Events (BioSINE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Human Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
The potential for biological catastrophes, whether acts of war or naturally occurring, requires military leaders to confront a variety of vexing scenarios. Commanders will be tasked with making difficult decisions that have critical implications for personnel, resources, and mission objectives. … More

Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing: MIMIC II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST
Principal Investigator: Yuri Levchuk, Senior Scientist and Engineer
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Steven M. Shope
Abstract:
In less than a decade, UAVs have transitioned from a curiosity on the battlefield to a core capability for intelligence and attack. However, the intelligence that drives tactical decision making and flight control remains firmly lodged in the heads of expert operators. As more UAVs and other… More

UBER-HEB: Universal Biologically-inspired Environment for Research: Hierarchical Ersatz Brain

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: BROWN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Senior Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Gaughan
Abstract:
Decades of exponential advancement in computer capabilities have transformed the world, from toddlers' playthings to the technologies of war and peace. Some further advances are constrained by the limits of von Neumann machines; in particular, they do not learn well. Aptima proposes to conduct a… More

Emotion Management Orientation and Training Exercises (EMOTE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: GEORGE MASSON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, I/O Psychologist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Laskofski
Abstract:
Army leaders face a wide variety of emotionally charged situations. Success in dealing with these situations requires that Army leaders manage their emotions and those of others. Army leaders, however, receive relatively little training in this area. Neither the Army Leadership Field Manual (FM… More

Optimized Real-time Complex Information Display (ORCID)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF IOWA
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Senior Human Factors Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Schnell
Abstract:
Advances in modeling and simulation, networking, and computer graphics technology have made it possible to conduct large-scale, distributed LVC training events, such as the Navy's Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercises on a regular basis. However, FST-J exercises are not without room for… More

Fidelity in Learning Environments for the Effectiveness of Training (FLEET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Live training of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators is becoming increasingly constrained by the limited operational life of aircraft, geographic dispersion of personnel, and budgetary restrictions. Training professionals recognize the need for more efficient and effective training, and view… More

Collaborative Assistance and Rapid Team Optimization System (CARTOS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Stephen McAlarney
Abstract:
Aptima Inc. and the MIT Media lab are pleased to submit this proposal for a Phase II continuation of its STTR Phase I project to develop a Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine (SCALE). The present proposal is a joint effort of Aptima, Inc. and Perceptronics Solutions, Inc., who… More

IMPACTS - A tool for the Improvement And Measurement of Perceptual, Attentional, and Critical Thinking Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Vice President, Research
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Attacks against patrols and convoys have become one of the defining characteristics of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with ambushes by snipers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) accounting for a large proportion of US casualties due to the difficulty of detecting these threats in a complex and… More

Computational Model and Measurement Tool for Evaluating the Design of Flight Deck Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The runway safety issue has been on the Most Wanted list of the National Transportation Safety Board since the list's inception in 1990. The FAA has responded by implementing two ground surveillance technologies at major U.S. airports to reduce the risk of runway incursions. However, both… More

SORDE: Special Operations Rapid Decision-making Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Senior Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
As coordination and collaboration tools have become more sophisticated to support complex environments, research on tool-based interaction has become more crucial. Nowhere is the research more imperative than in military Special Operations, where effective collaboration in time pressured situations… More

Military Advisors Training System (MATS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA
Principal Investigator: Michael Keeney, Team Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Mary L. Farnham
Abstract:
The United States provides experienced personnel to advise foreign military and security forces. Success in this critical role requires advisors to be more than just competent warriors. Unfortunately, there is a continuing gap between the degree of training, cultural, and interpersonal expertise… More

Adaptive Game for Auditory Training and Evaluation (AGATE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sidman, Team Lead
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The rise in overall survival rates and increase in brain injuries can be attributed to advances in medical technology and Kevlar body armor, which effectively protects soldiers from otherwise fatal blows,… More

Monitoring MIssion MODels for Increased Mission Understanding (MIMOD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Team Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Effects-based operations and mission-driven network management are becoming increasingly focused on leveraging "Command Intent." Arguably, the workflow of personnel can be linked to command intent, either by deriving command intent from the behaviors of personnel during missions, or evaluating… More

Training Collaboration in Interagency SSTR (TraCIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sidman, Team Lead, Instructional Technology
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There are numerous challenges associated with maintaining high quality performance in complex operational environments. In Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations, personnel from different agencies must effectively collaborate despite having different agendas, standard… More

Guidelines and Rules Instrument for Displays in 3D (GRID 3D)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF LOUISIANA
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Human-Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Ray Authement
Abstract:
Technology continues to advance at faster and faster rates. Often new technology is created with little regard for the impact to the humans who must use this technology. One new technology the Navy is considering using is autostereographic displays, which permit users to see a true 3D image without… More

The IMPACT Surgical Skills Trainer: Using Deliberate Practice to Maintain Specialized Surgical Knowledge and Skills During Deployments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Beaubien, Lead Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
While on deployment, many military surgeons spend the bulk of their time performing trauma surgery. Because combat deployments frequently average one full year, such prolonged lapses in practice can degrade specialized knowledge and skills. This becomes a major problem upon the surgeons' return… More

CoVE: Collaborative Visualization Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Emily Stelzer, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $442,917.00
Abstract:
CoVE is a flexible, agile web-based tool, designed to support the collaborative analysis of Intelligence information, and its use by analysts in long-term strategic planning for the MHQ w/ MOC. The vision of CoVE rests upon the fundamental notion that advanced visualization techniques alone are not… More

ACTOR: Automated Collateral Tactics for OPFOR Responses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $728,419.00
Abstract:
A key challenge for battlefield mission rehearsal and training systems is the estimation of enemy courses of action (COAs). Currently, adversarial COA development is a manual time-consuming process prone to errors due to limited knowledge about the adversary and its ability to adapt. Development of… More

Scenario Definition Language for Modeling & Simulation (M&S)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, Vice President, Technolog
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
Virtual and constructive simulation environments provide powerful practice for warfighters because they offer realistic events to which the warfighters can respond. To use these environments for effective training, they must provide pedagogically sound training experiences which incorporate measures… More

Creating Requirements for Operational Safety Support Through Assessment of Flight-simulation Fidelity (CROSSTAFF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, V.P. of Technology
Award Amount: $743,807.00
Abstract:
Aviation mishaps in the Navy and Marine Corps cost $677 million, and were responsible for 40 fatalities in 2005 despite the significant training resources expended by the Navy (Naval Safety Center Annual Review, 2005). These mishaps are thoroughly investigated, but their findings usually fail to… More

Facility Identification via Networks with Adaptive Links - FINAL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Team Scientist
Award Amount: $450,000.00
Abstract:
Repetitive crimes, such as the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or the supplying of illegal drugs, present a growing challenge to society. Physical structures that can support these crimes provide potentially important invariants. The crimes must be situated somewhere, and the… More

Cultural Assessments and Simulation of Military Information/Operations in Reaction and Response (CASMIRR) Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Paley, Sr. VP, Business Developm
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
In the battle to "win the hearts and minds" of civilians close to conflict, the U.S. armed services have had difficulty operating and interacting with cultures different from our own. This seems largely due to a lack of cultural intelligence. Specifically, the difficulty lies in understanding how… More

Scenario Engineering for Assessment of Multi-participant Adaptive Training Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Oklahoma University
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, V.P. of Technology
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Tena Smith
Abstract:
Large Scale Training exercises such as the Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint (FST-J) demand incredible resources and effective planning. Prioritization of training events cannot guarantee that every training objective for every trainee can be met, particularly in environments where participants are… More

ADAPT: Adaptive Device for Adaptive Performance Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, V.P. of Research
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Avery Wright
Abstract:
Irregular warfare is increasingly the dominant form of military engagement. It is dynamic and unforgiving of errors, requiring warfighters to adapt fluidly to novel, complex, and ill-defined problems. The goal of this STTR is to define, prototype and (in Phase II) develop a training tool that builds… More

The IMPACTTM Surgical Skills Trainer: Using Deliberate Practice to Maintain Specialized Surgical Knowledge and Skills While on Deployment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Beaubien, Lead Scientist
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
While on deployment, many military surgeons spend the bulk of their time performing general and/or trauma surgery. With combat deployments averaging 12-18 months, such prolonged lapses in practice can degrade the surgeons' specialized knowledge and skills. This becomes a major problem upon their… More

Training Collaboration in Interagency SSTR (TraCIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sidman, Team Lead
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations, personnel from different agencies must effectively collaborate despite having different agendas, standard operating procedures, and desired outcomes. Even in SSTR operations, which are fundamentally collaborative, experts in… More

Computational Model and Measurement Tool for Evaluating the Design of Flight Deck Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The runway safety issue has been on the Most Wanted list of the National Transportation Safety Board since the list's inception in 1990. The FAA has responded by implementing two ground surveillance technologies at major U.S. airports to reduce the risk of runway incursions. However, both… More

Cultural Awareness for Military Operations (CAMO)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: William Salter, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Aptima is proposing an innovative approach to developing relevant, effective military cultural training. The Cultural Awareness for Military Operations (CAMO) proof-of-concept prototype will be based on theoretically grounded and empirically validated pedagogy. It will result in a serious game built… More

RESIST-EM: Resisting Espionage & Sabotage with an Intelligent System for Training Expert Managers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Director of Modeling and Simulation
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR topic presents two challenges. The first is to define techniques and technologies that advance the science of Accelerated Learning. The solution must be generalizable across complex problem domains. The second challenge is to apply this solution to the problem of insider threats to DoD… More

E-MEME: Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of MEssages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Applied Mathematician
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Unofficial means of communication, such as internet blogs and forums and word-of-mouth contacts, provide an ideal medium for the spread of ideas within a society. While many of these topics are benign or even beneficial to the population, there are messages which have dangerous and destructive… More

Emotion Management Orientation and Training Exercises (EMOTE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: George Mason University
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, Indust. Organizational Psychologist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Laskofski
Abstract:
Army leaders face a wide variety of emotionally charged situations. Success in dealing with these situations requires that Army leaders manage their emotions and those of others. Army leaders, however, receive relatively little training in this area. Ne

Accelerated Learning in Simulation-based Training (A-LIST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Sr. VP Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Across the services, warfighters are expected to rapidly master new knowledge and skills, spanning a wide variety of domains, from motor to cognitive. Traditional training systems generally lack the capability to apply adaptive training strategies that mi

Use-Driven Testbed for Evaluating Systems and Technologies (U-TEST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The limitations of current airspace management have necessitated the planning and development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). NextGen seeks to change the fundamental structure of airspace management to increase the safety and efficiency of flight operations. This effort… More

Learning Estimates of Aggregate Performance (LEAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human-Agent Collaboration Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems are becoming more and more complex, with ever increasing fidelity of data and ever increasing numbers of deployable UAVs and other sensors. Error rates are currently the best predictor of performance in autonomous, human, and… More

System for Information and Meta-information Portrayal of Lessons-learned (SIMPL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Team Lead
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: John M. Flach
Abstract:
A key challenge for net-centric warfare in the age of information is: How do we know that our actions are having the desired effects? This deceptively simple question often goes unanswered despite the increasingly massive amounts of information available. In the Air and Space Operations Center… More

BESTNET: Behavior Signature of Terrorist Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $739,695.00
Abstract:
To succeed against superior resources and technology, modern adversaries typically adopt asymmetric tactics to wage unconventional warfare. Current adversaries organize activities through small covert groups based primarily on existing relationships among family and friends. Identifying the networks… More

Special Operations Rapid Decision-making Environment (SORDE) SBIR Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Senior Cognitive Psycholo – (781) 496-2456
Award Amount: $746,545.00
Abstract:
Coordination and collaboration tools have become more sophisticated, allowing distributed collaboration to occur between operational centers and forward-deployed Special Operations units. With distributed, asynchronous collaboration, however, the opportunity for uncertainty in team… More

IMPACTS: A tool for Improving And Measuring Perceptual, Attentional, and Critical Thinking Skills

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, V.P. of Research – (202) 552-6116
Award Amount: $1,545,161.00
Abstract:
Problem: Marines in the field rely heavily on their ability to survey the human landscape for potential insurgents and other individuals of interest. To support this activity, the Marines"Combat Hunter program trains behavioral"profiling", a set of skills used by military and civilian… More

Predicting Requirements for instructional Environment Design to Improve Critical Training (PREDICT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Human Factors Scientist – (202) 842-1548
Award Amount: $1,740,787.00
Abstract:
As technology advances, the number and types of virtual training environments that training designers and acquisition professionals have to select from is exponentially growing. Reaching high levels of skill requires novel approaches to training (DoD, 2004) to ensure that training resources are… More

Cognitive Patterns: An Architecture for Distributed Control of ChemBots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, Vice President, Technology
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
A key challenge to the future deployment of DARPA's Chemical Robots (ChemBots) ChemBots is a system for controlling them that operates in a distributed fashion. There are three primary requirements: 1) its distributed nature must be transparent to the user; 2) it must exploit local acting and… More

PLANET: PLatform for ANalyzing Environmental Trade-offs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Darby Grande, Organizational Systems Team Lead
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Environmental management of at-risk sites requires decision-makers to integrate heterogeneous technical information with stakeholder values. Current models exist to specifically address the technical or numerical environmental conditions, and separately to provide decision analysis. A… More

MAVEN: Mnemonic Associative Vocabulary for Emergency Needs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Lead Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
All Soldiers are required to master 17 First Aid procedures in basic training. These 17 procedures are described in 99 pages of the Soldiers' Manual of Common Tasks. To even the best student, recall of these exact procedures in a stressful situation would be challenging. This proposal outlines a… More

Space System Threat Mission Impact Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Director of Network Engin
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The space domain presents a deluge of disparate data overloading analysts to the point where critical information can be missed. The abundance of data heightens the appeal of information fusion solutions. In general, sensor fusion approaches can be viewed as bottom-up and driven by technical… More

Adaptive Game for Auditory Training and Evaluation (AGATE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sidman, Team Lead, Instructional
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of the Iraq War. A large percentage of Soldiers with TBI exhibits significant communication impairments, often in the absence of hearing loss. These individuals suffer from auditory processing deficits and are more likely to benefit… More

Live-Training Objective Performance Measures for After Action Reviews (LOPMAAR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, V.P. of Research
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Live training is the United States Marine Corps' preferred method of training infantry operations. However, such training practices prove difficult in providing detailed assessment of the participants' performance because of a number of factors including the number of participants and the complexity… More

LUCID: Limiting Uncertainty in Command Information Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Grier, Human Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Modern military systems employ a variety of models to realistically represent warfighting capabilities and the environment in which these capabilities operate. However, these models rarely represent the uncertainty inherent in real-world domains. Further, the systems rarely visualize uncertainty in… More

Space Collaboration via an Agent Network (SCAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human-Agent Collaboration
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
With the increased deployment and use of space assets, a number of interesting and challenging problems have come to the fore. The persistent nature of space surveillance, the mass of data, the varied sources, and the heterogeneous needs of consumers and producers, all point to a pressing need for… More

HARP: Hybrid Architecture for Reaction Predictions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Advanced Systems Applicat
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In todays conflicts and wars against asymmetric adversaries the battlefield has grown beyond clear frontlines to reach into otherwise peaceful societies, across multiple countries, and even into cyberspace. Intelligence collection planners and analysts are overwhelmed by the information flow, racing… More

Situation Awareness Assessment Tools for Network Enabled Command and Control Field Evaluations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced Army command and control (C2) technologies will enable Soldiers and teams within and across echelons to "see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively" in a dynamically changing battlefield. The ability of these systems to ensure tactical success is directly linked to the… More

Coordinating with Humans by Adjustable-autonomy for Multirobot Pursuit (CHAMP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human Agen Collaboration Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The need to fight and control the urban terrain is not a new concept for the military; however, there are new obstacles, illustrated in the battles fought and won in Fallujah and Haditha, that make the job of the warfighter much harder. Due to the pioneering work of researchers in the field of… More

System for Tracking, Assessing, and Standardizing Human-performance (STASH) Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeanine Ayers, Software Architect, Team
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
With the migration towards integrated live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) training, there is an increasing need to understand human performance both within and across LVC environments. The problem with current data formats is that they are often incompatible, with no common specification across… More

SATCAST-Space Awareness Toolkit for Calculating Anomalies to Satellite Tasking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Human Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
As the single locus of control for all space operations, the Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command Space (CDR JFCC Space) must marshal data that are disparate, distributed, and dynamic, and which even under optimal conditions compose a mosaic of uncertainty. Despite great advances in… More

Monitoring MIssion MODels for Increased Mission Understanding (MIMOD) II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $743,120.00
Abstract:
Organizations such as the AOC must manage workflow well in order to coordinate the activity of interdependent cells and allocate network resources. Current Air Force technologies for managing workflow require a large investment of expert time to build and maintain workflow models. This jeopardizes… More

PULSE Portable Usability Lab for System Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Eric Jones
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Usability greatly affects the acceptability, affordability, and overall success of technology. However, the resources that are typically required to ensure usability are substantial, and failing to do so will degrade a system`s ability to support the user`s mission, decrease the perceived value of… More

Validation and Evaluation of Remote, Interactive Teams of Autonomous Systems (VERITAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human Agen Collaboration Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Ken Moore
Abstract:
different modes, while using different combinations of subsystems. This presents a challenge for the personnel validating the system during design and development; the number of combinations of environments, modes, and subsystems is exponential. They cannot all be tested, so an optimal subset of… More

UBER-HEB: Universal Biologically-inspired Environment for Research: Hierarchical Ersatz Brain

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Brown University
Principal Investigator: Paul Allopenna, Cognitive Scientist – (781) 496-2486
Award Amount: $743,119.00
RI Contact: Norman Hebert
Abstract:
In Phase I of UBER-HEB, the Aptima team made significant progress designing a non-von Neumann hierarchical universal learning system based on the Ersatz Brain Architecture (EBA). An experiment using an EBA implementation showed emergence of module assemblies, a critical step in validation. In Phase… More

Predicting the Combined Impact of Social and Environmental Models (PreCISE Models)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Applied Mathematician
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
While long-term, global climate change has received the attention and concern of the world's governments and populations, less consideration has been given to the short-term seasonal and inter-annual changes in climate likely to greatly influence the management of water, food, and energy resources. … More

Use-Driven Testbed for Evaluating Systems and Technologies (U-TEST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
NextGen will require the development of novel solutions to shape the airspace of tomorrow. Along with the ability to generate new systems and technologies comes the need to rigorously evaluate, and eventually validate, the effectiveness of these concepts. However, it is often challenging to… More

Authoring By Cultural Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, V.P. of Technology
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Modern military missions require soldiers to communicate effectively and at a personal level with people whose cultures, languages, lifestyles, and beliefs are very different from their own. Constructing suitable, game-based, culturally relevant scenarios to prepare soldiers for effective… More

FACETS: Forecasting Activities through Cultural, Epidemiological, and Temporal Semantics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Applied Mathematician
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A central challenge for the U.S. armed forces is trying to forecast how host nation populations may respond to both planned and unplanned military activities. These activities include natural and human caused events that may be kinetic or non-kinetic in nature. To address this issue, we propose to… More

INTUITIVE NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR EFFECTIVE COLLISION-AVOIDANCE TACTICS (INSECT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Iowa
Principal Investigator: Fredrick Diedrich, V.P. Technical Operations
Award Amount: $495,872.00
RI Contact: Wendy Beaver
Abstract:
Vertical short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) operators face numerous challenges, particularly during takeoff, hover, and landing operations. Threats take the form of power lines, structures, and-in the case of combat-enemy fire. Often, these threats are obscured when visibility is compromised by dust,… More

Optimized Real-time Complex Information Display (ORCID) Phase II Proposal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Iowa
Principal Investigator: Emily Wiese, Performance Assessment Pr – (781) 496-2449
Award Amount: $993,104.00
RI Contact: Monica Moen
Abstract:
Advances in modeling and simulation, networking, and computer graphics technology have made it possible to conduct large-scale, distributed live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) training events, such as the Navy"s Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) exercises, on a regular basis. However, FST… More

ADAPT: Adaptive Device for Adaptive Performance Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Chief Research Officer – (202) 842-1548
Award Amount: $495,102.00
RI Contact: Avery Wright
Abstract:
Irregular warfare is increasingly the dominant form of military engagement. It is dynamic and unforgiving of errors, requiring warfighters to adapt fluidly to novel, complex, and ill-defined problems. The goal of this Phase II STTR is to implement and refine a training tool that builds adaptive… More

Biologically Inspired Scene Estimation (BIS-E)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Erik Schlicht, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Scene understanding is incredibly difficult, as it requires the recreation of a 3D environment from noisy 2D image data. Greedy approaches to estimating scene attributes are computationally expensive and are not sufficient for solving many real-world problems (e.g., detecting a suspect moving… More

System for Information and Meta-information Portrayal of Lessons-learned (SIMPL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Wright State University
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Marianne Shreck
Abstract:
Availability of massive amounts of information afforded by net-centric operations poses a challenge for identifying information relevant for effective decision-making. Complex domains, such as Operational Assessment, require the ability to access and analyze relevant information to support mission… More

Agent Driven Visualizations for Increasing Collaboration Effectiveness (ADVICE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Senior Cognitive Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
As the Air Force organizational structure grows more distributed, geographically separated team members will need a collaborative working space where they can generate shared understanding and synchronize collective C2 and ISR activities. Currently, there is no way to collaboratively visualize… More

Fostering Leadership for Ethical Climate-Setting (FLEC-S)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, Team Lead, Training Devel – (781) 496-2417
Award Amount: $780,000.00
Abstract:
In modern warfare, Soldiers frequently encounter situations that require sound ethical judgment. Concurrently, there has been an increase in situations where Soldiers have displayed unethical behavior in the face of trying circumstances. Given this, it is imperative that an ethical climate is… More

Learning Estimates of Aggregate Performance Phase II (LEAP II)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human-Agent Collaboration – (781) 496-2453
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems are becoming more and more complex, with ever increasing fidelity of data and ever increasing numbers of deployable sensors, such as those found on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV"s). Furthermore, the current theater of war is becoming… More

VISION: Video Identification of Structures, Intentions, Objects, and Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Engineer – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Decision support tools for target identification and alert generation depend upon the classification of static and moving objects. Existing methods for object classification rely primarily on static information available in single-frame images. The data from long-range video surveillance assets are… More

Space Collaboration via an Agent Network (SCAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human Agent Collaboration
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Decentralization and heterogeneity have dominated the development and deployment of space assets and accompanying command and control (C2) infrastructures. As a consequence, information requirements for robust Space Situational Awareness (SSA) are highly distributed. The mission threads common for… More

CrossCORE: Cross-Context Ontology Reasoning Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jeanine Ayers, Software Archotect and Te
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced Army C2 technologies are becoming ever more present in today's wars, enabling Commanders at all levels to have a greater understanding of the battlefield. However, current C2 technology does not actively measure, define, or represent the Commander's "contextual framework", which can lead to… More

RESIST-EM: Resisting Espionage&Sabotage with an Intelligent System for Training Expert Managers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Senior Vice President, Re – (202) 842-1548
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR topic presents two challenges. The first is to define techniques and technologies that advance the science of Accelerated Learning. The solution must be powerful and generalizable across ill-defined domains. The second challenge is to apply this solution to train managers to detect,… More

Fidelity in Learning Environments for the Effectiveness of Training (FLEET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jamie Estock, Human Factors Scientist
Award Amount: $587,715.00
Abstract:
Training professionals recognize the need for more efficient and effective training, and they view simulators as a means to supplement live training at decreased costs. Though skill transfer from simulators to live-fly is likely to be high, there are currently no standard tools available for… More

Medicus- Laparoscopic Sugical Skills Training and Assessment Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Chief Research Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
While on deployment, many surgeons - including those who specialize in obstetric, vascular, cardiac, and orthopedic surgery - spend the bulk of their time performing trauma surgery. Such prolonged lapses in practice can result in the decay of specialized knowledge and skills. This becomes a major… More

COUNTER: Contermeasures for Opposing Undersea Naval Threats and Emergency Response

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Good, Modeling and Simulation S
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Current combat control systems require human manipulation that may unnecessarily draw the attention of the Commanding Officer (CO) and his team from more pressing matters such as damage control and re-engaging the enemy. There is no automatic method of selecting countermeasures and the CO must rely… More

Similarity Measures for Human Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The search for entities of interest (either individuals or groups) in large behavioral datasets has emerged as a key need for irregular warfare, counter-insurgency, and counter-terrorism. This search requires measures of similarity between networks, and the combination of diverse multi-dimensional… More

FAST-ACTS: Flexible Autonomous Support To Aid Context and Task Switching

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Director of Cognitive Sys
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
PEO IWS is currently developing the Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS). The USW-DSS will enhance the Combat Information Center (CIC) by providing a "Common Tactical Picture" to operators for shared situation awareness. To help define and improve the USW-DSS concept, solutions are… More

PLatform for ANalyzing Environmental Trade-offs (PLANET) Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Darby Grande, Networks Product Manager – (781) 496-2425
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Among the core missions of the US Army Corps of Engineers is the management and remediation of physical locations, including sites with complex environmental damage. Site managers must integrate heterogeneous technical information with stakeholder values and expert judgment. Current tools available… More

Automated Collaboration Collection & Relationship Understanding Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Senior Cognitive Psychologist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Operations centers used for incident response, tactical military activities, and air traffic management can all be characterized as having multiple teams of individuals, each with defined responsibilities, interacting with people and systems within and outside of their organization to enable… More

Artificial Intelligence for Refining Multi-Aircraft Testbed Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NASA is researching various concepts, procedures, standards, and technologies intended for NextGen Airspace. Complex, distributed airspace simulations that utilize experimental testbeds (e.g., Multi Aircraft Control System, or MACS) are vital research tools for these projects. However, managing the… More

User-Augmented Visualizations for Targeted Evaluation of Systems and Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Durkee, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the National Airspace System (NAS) is a growing area of research for NASA, but the need for substantial amounts of research on the UAV-in-NAS concept is overwhelming. Furthermore, the quantity and nature of research questions on UAV-in-NAS… More

Behavioral Monitoring and Evaluation for the Delivery of Interactive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (B-MEDIC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Geyer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Crew behavioral health and performance are of high importance, especially for long duration exploration missions. Early detection of stress and effective options for restoration and enhancement of behavioral health are imperative for accomplishment of mission objectives and for maintaining a… More

TBO-AID: Trajectory-Based Operations Adaptive Information Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Trajectory-based operations (TBO) are at the forefront of the Next Generation Air Traffic Management System (NextGen). The vision of NextGen is one in which pilots will be responsible for following 4-dimensional (4D) trajectories while maintaining separation from other aircraft and weather. Ongoing… More

ADDA Adaptive Decision-making for Distributed Assests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Principal Investigator: Sarah Chester, Human Factors Scientist – (781) 496-2441
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Paul Scerri
Abstract:
When submarines and surface vessels must work together to track targets over the horizon, they need to closely communicate and coordinate their assets to ensure that information about the targets is shared; tasking is assigned and understood; and accurate, informed operational decisions are made in… More

Scenario Engineering for Assessment of Multi-participant Adaptive Training Environment(SEAMATE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The University of Oklahoma
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, Vice President, Technolog – (781) 496-2437
Award Amount: $742,235.00
RI Contact: Mary E. Sewell
Abstract:
Large Scale Training exercises, such as the Fleet Synthetic Training Joint (FST-J), demand extensive resources and effective planning. Prioritization of training events, alone, cannot guarantee that the training objectives for every trainee can be met; particularly in environments where… More

IMAGINE: Imagery Management through Agile, Geo-Interactive, Natural Embodiment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Human Systems Analyst – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Overhead imagery analysts employ computer-based software as Electronic Light Tables (ELTs), to perform detailed analysis of aerial images in search of elements of interest. Conventional display design for ELT software requires analysts to take their eyes away from the image they are analyzing to… More

Collaborative Automation Reliably Remediating Erroneous Conclusion Threats (CARRECT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Applied Mathematician – (781) 496-2476
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Epidemiologists and public health officers face considerable challenges in optimizing the efficacy of their analyses as they are susceptible to bias from missing data, confounding variables, and selecting the appropriate statistical models. Analysts can benefit from assistance in mitigating these… More

Tool for Rapid Assessment of Cognitive Readiness in Teams (TRACR-T)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Camilla Knott, Cognitive Scientist – (937) 306-7760
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In today"s collaborative environment, mission success depends on the skills and readiness of each team member. But independently capable individuals are not necessarily ready to function optimally in a team setting. Consequently, assessment of team cognitive readiness requires more than… More

Neurocognitive Patterns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, VP, Technology and Aptima Fellow – (781) 496-2437
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Modern military operations are increasingly complex and increasingly electronic, and this often has the effect of increasing operator workload; the systems have incorporated many technological developments, but they have not kept up with our increasing understanding of the cognitive capabilities of… More

Training and Improving Warfighter Intuition using Immersive Scenarios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Geyer, Cognitive Scientist – (781) 496-2312
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Across the services, military missions continue to pose complex cognitive and perceptual challenges such as detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or anomalous civilian behaviors. These challenges do not allow time for deliberation and evaluation; in fact, the ability to make quick and… More

ADS FORCE: Assessment and Development Strategies FOr team Rapid Cognitive Effectiveness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kara Orvis, Team Lead, Human Performance Div. – (781) 496-2417
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In modern warfare, the knowledge and skills of several individuals must interact with one another for successful mission execution. Therefore, military combat operations emphasize the use of teams, who are often expected to rapidly deploy together. Such teams must quickly become highly functioning,… More

System for Workload Evaluation in Distributed Teams (SWEDT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Camilla Knott, Cognitive Scientist – (937) 306-7760
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Extensive research on individual workload exists, and we know much about how to measure and assess individual workload. However, no satisfactory model of workload or approach to assessing workload exists for teams. Furthermore, no approach to assessing team workload represents the dynamic,… More

TeamInsight

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Division Director, Modeling and Sim – (781) 496-2456
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Assessing the cognitive readiness of teams in complex work environments is critical for understanding team performance and targeting training resources. Analysis of Team Mental Models (TMMs) provides crucial knowledge for performing cognitive readiness assessment. However, current approaches to… More

CAPTURE: Cognitive Assessment Program for Tracking Unit Readiness and Endurance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Camilla Knott, Cognitive Scientist – (937) 306-7760
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In modern warfare, the knowledge and skills of individual warfighters are often stretched beyond capacity in attempts to successfully execute increasingly complex missions. As a result, environmental stressors that accompany high-tempo operations, such as accelerations in time pressure to complete a… More

MOSAIC: Modeling the Spread of Attitudes and Information in Cultural Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Senior Applied Mathematician – (781) 496-2476
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The attitudes and opinions of populations around the world are reflected in the content they create on the internet. In counter-insurgency (COIN) and related operations, it is critically important to understand the attitudes of different populations, but it remains very hard to get timely, detailed… More

Languaged Informed data Gathering and Analysis Toolkit and Unified REporting System (LIGATURES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Yohai, Quantitative Social Scientist – (202) 552-6125
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Recent military missions demonstrate the need for understanding the socio-cultural landscape, which requires access to timely and detailed data. Existing approaches to HSCB data collection have proven inadequate and the lack of data has become a key constraint for modeling and analysis efforts.… More

Adaptive Agents for Real-time Data-driven Visualization&Analysis for Relevant Knowledge (AARDVARK)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Systems Division Director – (781) 496-2408
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Current and future non-kinetic operations require U.S. and coalition forces to understand the complex human, social, cultural, and behavioral (HSCB) dimensions of the battlespace. HSCB modeling capabilities aim to improve decision support in these socially complex environments; however, current… More

Analyzing the Stability of Social and Economic Systems ASSESS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William Salter, Senior Cognitive Scientist – (781) 496-2428
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Over the past several years the military"s focus has shifted from a standard, kinetic approach to much more complex missions, stressing counter-insurgency (COIN) and Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction, as made clear in DoD Instruction 3000-05:"Stability operations are a… More

Adaptive CUltural Training Engine (ACUTE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: MIchael Keeney, Industrial/Organizational Psycholog – (202) 552-6118
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
American foreign policy objectives face counter-insurgency and unconventional warfare, presenting foals of securing loyalty of citizens rather than destroying enemy war making capability. Non-kinetic operations characteristic of this warfare require proficiency in interacting with members of local… More

ADEPT: Advancing the Development and Empowering those Poor in Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Artificial Intelligence Team Lead – (781) 496-2453
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The richness of technology in our society has resulted in an unprecedented ability for us to understand, model and leverage our social networks. The goal of this project is to bring the same functionality and advantages to technology-poor societies and empower them with a twitter-like,… More

CASHNET: Conceptual and Social Human Networks Evolving in Time

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Duchon, Lead Scientist – (781) 496-2490
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The focus of the military has shifted to much more complex missions, stressing counter-insurgency (COIN), and Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations, and Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief (HADR). The accompanying intelligence apparatus must therefore be able to answer… More

HMD-Compatible Mission Performance Measurement System and Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jean MacMillan, Chief Scientists – (781) 496-2412
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), developed for 5th generation Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 aircrafts, is a state-of-the-art helmet which virtually displays avionics and sensor data to the pilot through the helmet visor, thus eliminating the need for these data to be displayed… More

Scenario-based Learning for Airspace Management and Deconfliction (SLAMD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, V.P. of Technology – (781) 496-2437
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Difficult under typical conditions, airspace management and deconfliction becomes even more difficult in a mixed manned/unmanned environment. As UASs gain capabilities to operate in more complex environmental conditions, the challenges associated with mixed airspace management and… More

Satellite Ground truth Information Fusion (SatGIF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Picciano, Senior Human-Systems Engineer – (781) 496-2407
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: To maintain the most actionable SSA, analysts must assimilate the best available information regarding on-orbit satellite position, orientation, motion, functionality, health, and numerous other parameters to ensure a blue asset is able to perform its mission capably. The availability of… More

MOSAIC: Measurement of Simultaneous Actions and Integrated Contexts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Amy Alexander, Senior Human Factors Scie – (781) 496-2471
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy is filled with multi-tasking environments (e.g., Combat Information Center, Unmanned Systems, Naval aviation). Multi-tasking requirements continue to grow over time due to an increase in the number and complexity of mission sets, an unprecedented volume of available information, and… More

ABIDE: Agent Based Intelligent Decluttering Enhancements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Team Lead, Artificial Int – (781) 496-2453
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander (ASWC) has a crucial responsibility to protect against surface and subsurface threats, which requires keeping track of contacts and making safety-critical decisions. The Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS) supports the ASWC and his team by… More

Generalized Ontology Discovery Enabling Semantic Search (GODESS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlotte Shabarekh, Modeling and Simulation S – (781) 496-2465
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A central challenge in the intelligence community is managing and effectively integrating large amounts of disparate information sources for concise presentation of knowledge to an analyst. Currently, the high volume of near-constant incoming intelligence imposes a substantial burden on the analyst… More

GISST: Geographic Information System Statistical Toolset

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ian Yohai, Quantitative Social Scien – (202) 552-6125
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In a variety of domains, ranging from military planning and intelligence to public health, analysts wish to draw inferences from spatio-temporal data. These data are often inconsistent and incomplete, suffering from both missing values and measurement error. While statistical methods are available… More

Portable Adaptive Cognitive Training (PACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Geyer, Cognitive Scientist – (781) 496-2312
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The unpredictable and complex environment of current military operations poses significant cognitive challenges on today"s Warfighters. Superior cognitive function is necessary for Warfighters to be able to critically assess their surrounding environment, quickly and effectively solve problems,… More

Adjustable Balanced Autonomy for Cargo/Casualty Unmanned Systems (ABACUS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Scientist – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Future operations will increasingly utilize Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) to accomplish missions which involve a high degree of uncertainty, such as complex cargo and casualty evacuation. Quite often these missions require U.S. and coalition forces to face… More

Pedagogical Authoring of Virtual Environments (PAVE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sidman, Multimedia&Instr. Desg – (781) 496-2452
Award Amount: $79,957.00
Abstract:
The United States faces a persistent and real cyber threat to its government and business infrastructure. It is estimated that the .mil environment experiences 250,000 actual attack attempts every day from an assortment of hacktavists, criminal elements, and nation-states. Virtual worlds hold… More

(A-TEAMM) Advanced Team Effectiveness through Automated Model-Based Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Duchon, Distinguished Scientist – (781) 496-2490
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Groups in network-centric environments are faced with many challenges including distributed collaboration, decen-tralized decision-making, and dynamic changes in team membership. The team literature provides evidence that these challenges impede the development of optimal team states (composed of… More

Cultural Awareness for Military Operations (CAMO)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: William Salter, Principal Scientist – (781) 496-2428
Award Amount: $419,000.00
Abstract:
Aptima is proposing an innovative approach to developing relevant, effective military cultural training. The Cultural Awareness for Military Operations (CAMO) proof-of-concept prototype will be based on theoretically grounded and empirically validated pedagogy. It will result in a serious game built… More

Accelerated Learning in Simulation-based Training (A-LIST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Sr. VP of Research – (202) 552-6116
Award Amount: $744,618.00
Abstract:
Across the services, warfighters are expected to rapidly master new knowledge and skills, spanning wide variety of domains, from motor to cognitive. Traditional training systems generally lack the capability to apply adaptive training strategies that might accelerated learning and develop expertise… More

E-MEME: Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of Messages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Senior Applied Mathematic – (781) 496-2476
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We are now fighting"wars of perceptions,"according to General Stanley McChrystal,"in the minds of the participants."Missions operate at multiple geographic and temporal scales villages to nations, hours to months. Planning, execution, and assessment of counter insurgency and… More

Cognitive Patterns: An Architecture for Distributed Control of ChemBots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, VP Technology – (781) 496-2437
Award Amount: $743,261.00
Abstract:
Today"s robots require a great deal of control and supervision, and are unable to intelligently respond to unanticipated and novel situations. To address this problem, we developed a preliminary architecture for Cognitive Patterns which includes Cognitive Patterns Knowledge Generation (CPKG)… More

Automated Collaboration Collection&Relationship Understanding Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Shawn Weil, Sr. Cognitive Psychologis – (781) 496-2456
Award Amount: $1,450,000.00
Abstract:
Operations centers for tactical military activities, incident response, and other domains all involve multiple teams of individuals interacting with people and systems within and outside of their organization to enable continuous mission success. In these organizations, effective coordination and… More

Coordinating with Humans by Adjustable-autonomy for Multirobot Pursuit (CHAMP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Human-Agent Collaboration – (781) 496-2453
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The need to fight and control the urban terrain is not a new concept for the military; however, there are new obstacles, illustrated in the battles fought and won in Fallujah and Haditha, that make the job of the warfighter much harder. Due to the pioneering work of researchers in the field of… More

LUCID: Limiting Uncertainty in Command Information Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert McCormack, Sr. Applied Mathematician – (781) 496-2476
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Modern military systems operate in dynamic, multidimensional environments and employ a variety of sensors, models, and displays to provide situational assessments for decision making. Given the extreme complexity of managing such a battlespace, the core element of these platforms is often a… More

New Mobile Game-based Application for Reliable Neurocognitive Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Geyer, Senior Cognitive Scientist – (781) 496-2312
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Paul Martinez
Abstract:
Superior cognitive function is necessary for Warfighters to be able to critically assess their surrounding environment, quickly and effectively solve problems, make decisions, and adapt to changing situations. Reliable assessment of cognitive status changes is not only important for Soldier… More

Causal Models for Safety Assurance Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Roberts, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,937.00
Abstract:
Fulfillment of NASA's System-Wide Safety and Assurance Technology (SSAT) project at NASA requires leveraging vast amounts of data into actionable knowledge. Models of accident causation describe a causation chain. The chain would be better understood by examining the large amounts of… More

ARCSIN: Adaptive Real-time Control Station INterfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Team Lead, Human-Systems – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Future operations will increasingly utilize unmanned vehicles (UxVs) to accomplish complex missions. UxV"s have the potential to dramatically improve real-time situation awareness and increase mission success. Current advancements in performance and capabilities of UxVs and automated mission… More

CONTACT: COordiNated TActical Communication in Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jared Freeman, Chief Research Officer – (202) 552-6116
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Efficient, effective team communication is a force multiplier in operations and an accelerant to training. It is the foundation upon which leaders build situational awareness to support timely decision making, and the mechanism through which leaders train and assess their teams. Team communication… More

SAGES II: System Acquisition Guidance from Expert Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeff Jungemann, Senior Human Factors Scie – (202) 552-6141
Award Amount: $744,066.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The high costs and inherent dangers of live training with air platforms have motivated the increasing use of simulation-based training. However, selecting a system to effectively meet training objectives can be challenging, particularly one that must blend multiple disparate technologies.… More

RAPID: Realistic Assessment of Performance in Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Garrity, Principal Scientist – (781) 935-3966
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: With the growing demands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations, it becomes increasingly important to determine how to best train RPA crewmembers. However, little is known regarding the effectiveness tradeoffs of training environments. Current tools and processes for evaluating… More

LVC&G-AED: Live Virtual Constructive and Game Assisted Experimental Design II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sylvain Bruni, Human Systems Engineer – (781) 496-2429
Award Amount: $496,487.00
Abstract:
Many professionals are involved with the creation of a Live Virtual Constructive & Game (LVC & G) environments and scenarios, from simulator programmers to subject matter experts. However, there is currently no systematic method for assembling environments and designing experiments or… More

CREATE II: Contextually Relevant Exploitation&Analysis Training Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cullen Jackson, Cognitive Systems Enginee – (781) 496-2408
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Imagery analysts face a number of challenges that complicate their ability to gain contextual awareness, particularly when exploiting multiple forms of sensor data. Faced with adaptable adversaries, analysts require advanced training tools that span a variety of mission contexts. Because no analyst… More

CUPID: Cognitive-service Utilized for Proactive Intelligent Decision-support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Colorado State University
Principal Investigator: Nathan Schurr, Principal Research Engine – (781) 935-3966
Award Amount: $79,999.00
RI Contact: Vincent A. Bogdanski
Abstract:
The Navy"s mission success increasingly relies on complex decision support systems and automation. Navy command and control systems must provide the users with the right information, at the right time, depending on the context in which they are operating, and must do it in a proactive manner.… More

Test-bed for Collaboration, Assessment, and Planning (T-CAP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leah Swanson, Human Factors Scientist – (937) 490-8011
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Air Force command and control consists of distributed team members who must effectively collaborate to synchronize collective mission planning, briefing, and debriefing activities. To improve collaboration among distributed crews, technologies must manage training activities and… More

Performance Assessment and Tracking System (iPATS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeanine Ayers, Director of Techincal Strategies – (781) 496-2489
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Great strides have been made regarding the integration of training within Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) environments. Gateways and data translation specifications assist different systems that use different communication protocols in cross-platform communication at an engineering… More

DREAM: Detecting Relations, Entities, and Attributes Misinformation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation&Optimization Engineer – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Information fusion and knowledge conflict detection are required for many mission-critical intelligence analysis tasks. Using knowledge extracted from various sources, including entities, relations, and events, intelligence analysts identify relevant documents, integrate facts into… More

Higher Automated Learning (HAL II)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alan Carlin, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 496-2444
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has recognized the need for better decision making among leaders at all levels, especially among small unit leaders. In response to this the Office of Naval Research has begun a program of training research and development for Accelerated Development of Small… More

AWAKE: Adaptive Workspace for Analyst Knowledge&Engagement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 935-3966
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Increasingly there is the need to process large volumes of disparate data containing critical information that needs to be analyzed in a timely, efficient matter. While tools exist to support information search, retrieval and exploitation, these tools do not adequately support the analyst since they… More

Sense-making via Collaborative Agents and Activity Networks (SCAAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Simulation&Optimization Engineer – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The quantity of data that need to be collected, examined and shared during Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations is growing fast due to increasing use of sensors. To deal with this challenge, the Air Force intelligence services are implementing a new process of planning and… More

SONIC Sensor Operations via Naturalistic Interactive Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 935-3966
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) requires the ability to navigate and interpret mounds of data to produce actionable decisions. The ever-changing need to incorporate new capabilities into daily operations has increased the complexity of this task in recent years. Through the ICE… More

TERRAIN: Temporal Exploitation and Reasoning using Resource-Activity Inference Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlotte Shabarekh, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 496-2465
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Detecting targets and predicting threat networks hidden in high volume all-source intelligence is a central challenge in the intelligence Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) cycle. Failure to maintain a common picture and shared situational awareness across disparate sensor products… More

VICTR-E: Visualizations for Integrating, Communicating and Tracking Reasoning Electronically

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Scientist – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $499,996.00
Abstract:
Intelligence analysts have access to a massive stream of open-source text data, such as news and social media, to obtain essential information about the socio-cultural environment. The uncertainty of these data requires analysts to think critically when interpreting their meaning. However, analysts… More

Signatures of Interacting Groups via Network Attributes Learning (SIGNAL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Harold Figueroa, Principal Investigator – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Katie McKeon
Abstract:
The analysis of interactions within social media has received significant attention in recent years with respect to cybercrime prevention, online marketing, counter-espionage, political opinion trending, and intelligence analysis. However, while detailed study of these interactions might lead to… More

Tool for Rapid Assessment of Cognitive Readiness in Teams (TRACR-T)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Camilla Knott, Cognitive Scientist – (202) 552-6114
Award Amount: $739,679.00
Abstract:
Cognitive readiness (CR), is the fit of cognitive state to a task or mission. High CR enables successful execution of tasks and missions and supports good decision-making under the complex and dynamic conditions common to military operations. In these environments, where the consequences of poor… More

Neurocognitive Patterns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Webb Stacy, Vice President Technology – (781) 496-2437
Award Amount: $746,554.00
Abstract:
Robots have the potential to be a potent force multiplier in both combat and non-combat situations. They can go into dangerous and hostile environments; perform searches in spaces that are inaccessible to humans; and exhibit strength exceeding the strongest human. This extreme potential has yet to… More

Training and Improving Warfighter Intuition using Immersive Scenarios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Geyer, Principal Scientist – (781) 496-2312
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
Across the services, military missions continue to pose complex cognitive and perceptual challenges such as detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or anomalous civilian behaviors. These challenges do not allow time for deliberation and evaluation; in fact, the ability to make quick and… More

ACLAMATE: Automated Cognitive Load Assessment for Medical StAff Training and Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DHP
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Beaubien, Industrial-Organizational Psycholog – (781) 496-2480
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Although great strides have been made in the development of simulators for training technical and teamwork skills, much less progress has been made with regard to skill assessment. Typically, performance is measured using a rating scale with anchors ranging from"low"to"high."Such… More

CERTAIN: Certainty Enrichment via Relational and Temporal Analytical Indexing of Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Principal Engineer – (781) 935-3966
Award Amount: $999,997.00
Abstract:
Efficient and accurate indexing is fundamental to the Big Data enterprise, but traditional indexing techniques are often foiled by noise and missing information. Aptima proposes Phase II of CERTAIN (Certainty Enrichment via Relational and Temporal Analyti

SONIC Sensor Operations via Naturalistic Interactive Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
As analysts and operators move from data to insights, tools are needed for supervisory control, command and control, and intelligence analysis. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) requires the ability to navigate and interpret mounds of data to produce actionable decisions. Through… More

AWAKE: Adaptive Workspace for Analyst Knowledge&Engagement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Stacy Pfautz, Senior Research Engineer – (781) 496-2430
Award Amount: $993,119.00
Abstract:
There is an increasing need for fast and accurate analysis of large volumes of disparate data containing critical information. Existing tools for information search, retrieval, and exploitation are inadequate because the tools have limited ability to (1) help the analyst understand the semantics… More

Sense-making via Collaborative Agents and Activity Networks (SCAAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Georgiy Levchuk, Distinguished Research En – (781) 496-2467
Award Amount: $990,827.00
Abstract:
The volume of data collected by Air Force ISR has exceeded the capacities of traditional analysis methods. New enhancements to the Air Force"s PCPAD intelligence cycle are, thus, critical to providing the analyst with the ability to strategically process, exploit and analyze the most critical… More