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Modeling Operator Reasoning and Performance for Human-in-Control Simulation (MORPHIC)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7403
Agency Tracking Number: B12B-006-0018
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-T006
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-02-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-08-27
Small Business Information
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brad Rosenberg
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
 Ohio State University
 David Woods
8225 Markhaven Court
Columbus, OH 43235-
United States

 (614) 946-0123
 Nonprofit College or University

As the United States makes strides in developing, testing, and deploying missile defense technology, the human element remains core to the integrated, layered ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) architecture. Human operators oversee the command and control at the system, component, and element level across a vast array of networked ground-, sea-, and space-based sensors and interceptors to effectively detect, track, discriminate and engage threats. This requires careful coordination across a complex system-of-systems. It is vital to understand the impact of human operator differences across system configurations, engagement conditions, and target phenomena for a variety of BMDS applications. Currently, however, there is no common, modular capability to model variability in human-in-control (HIC) interactions with other simulated elements. A HIC modeling capability is needed that can (1) represent the breadth of operator decision-making processes across BMDS elements, (2) scale to deliver the appropriate level of fidelity, and (3) be extensible to future operator needs. To provide this HIC modeling capability, we propose to design and demonstrate the feasibility of Modeling Operator Reasoning and Performance for Human-in-Control Simulation (MORPHIC). MORPHIC provides a graphical development and run-time environment for non-technical experts to construct and execute HIC models for a variety of BMDS applications.

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