ICONVIEW - ISR CONstellation Visualization and Investigative Evaluation Workbench

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-1551
Agency Tracking Number: F083-146-0257
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-146
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Stouch
 Senior Software Engineer
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Gail Zaslow
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: gzaslow@cra.com
Research Institution
The complex challenges of successfully managing and tasking ISR assets to collect sensor data include the requirement for each ISR collection route to satisfy multiple constraints (e.g., collision avoidance and limited fuel supply) that make manual planning difficult. ISR routes must also meet numerous and often competing objectives (e.g., avoiding adverse weather effects, maximizing sensor performance, and consistently tracking targets). As a result, the number of sensors and sensor platforms, the highly diverse advantages of each, and the ways of combining them are making it harder for operators to maximize their use. As automated ISR constellation management algorithms are being developed, some means of identifying the best algorithm to use in each unique operational scenario is needed. We propose to develop ICONVIEW (ISR CONstellation Visualization and Investigative Evaluation Workbench) as a means of impartially evaluating and contrasting different ISR constellation management algorithms. ICONVIEW is a complete end-to-end analytical research environment capable of specifying scenario models, designing effectiveness metrics, executing simulations, and evaluating the results using advanced meta-data visualization techniques. BENEFIT: In addition to direct application of the developed system to specific programs within the DoD, we will provide consulting services to customers within the DoD, other federal agencies, and commercial entities that develop or employ data collection management algorithms to help them determine the best algorithm to use and to improve the performance of their existing algorithms. In particular, we will look at companies that rely heavily on route planning, such as public transportation for large urban areas, private utility services, and package or commodity distribution companies.

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