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Pro-Active Decision Support (PADS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1194
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-020-0151
Amount: $79,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T020
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-04-30
Small Business Information
1670 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 310 Suite 310
San Mateo, CA -
United States
DUNS: 608176715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Eric Domeshek
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 902-2223
Business Contact
 Carolyn Maxwell
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (650) 931-2700
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
 Kristen Jackson
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

 (412) 268-9527
 Nonprofit College or University

Warfighters face overwhelmingly complex and uncertain situations in which they must make life-and- death decisions. Today"s information systems often overwhelm decision makers still further. Attention to results of cognitive science can contribute to the design of a new generation of systems that are far more helpful: based on knowledge of user roles, tasks, and context, systems can help proactively flag decision points; select relevant information and project trends; present information emphasizing relationships to thresholds and deviations from expectations; suggest courses of action based on past experience; and expedite coordination with other parties. We propose to identify decision-making needs in the context of Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) and align those needs with cognitive science findings on Situation Awareness (SA) and Dynamic Decision Making (DDM). From this combination, we will develop a set of design guidelines. Using those guidelines, we will design and prototype a general and extensible framework for Pro-Active Decision Support (PADS). During Phase I, we will generate use cases associated with MOC staff, identify relevant cognitive science findings, systematize those findings into a set of guidelines, design the general PADS framework, develop a limited proof-of-concept prototype, and elaborate a plan for Phase II technology development and transition.

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