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Enhancing IPB with Representations of Meta-information (EPROM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: F064-031-0463
Amount: $99,810.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T031
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-08
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Pfautz
 Principal Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 jpfautz@cra.com
Business Contact
 Paul Gonsalves
Title: Vice President
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: pgonsalves@cra.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. AT BUFFALO
 Ann Bisantz
 
413 Bell Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

 (716) 645-2357
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Modern military operations increasingly require decision-makers to reason predicatively about adversary actions and the battlespace environment – a task made more challenging due to meta-information (i.e., qualities of information such as uncertainty or staleness). Understanding the role of meta-information in reasoning about intelligence and developing methods for effectively portraying it has the potential to improve the interpretation and dissemination of intelligence and therefore to encourage more battlespace-aware decisions. Therefore, we propose to design, demonstrate, and evaluate methods for Enhancing IPB with Representations Of Meta-Information (EPROM). Three core components characterize our approach. First, we will perform a work domain analysis (WDA) in a specific military domain to define the perceptual and cognitive contexts that impact the role of meta-information in reasoning, and develop case studies to illustrate these impacts. Second, we will design meta-information visualization methods that explicitly address the defined contexts illustrated in the case studies. Third, we will develop a plan for evaluating these visualization methods and will perform pilot experiments to validate our approach. Our approach will be supported by the design of a software toolkit to aid in prototyping and evaluating visualization methods, and by the integration of these methods into existing and planned DoD battlespace display systems.

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