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Operational Representations and Interactive Overlay Environment (ORION)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56KGU-18-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A181-049-0300
Amount: $149,981.05
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-049
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-16
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
 Stephanie Kane
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Yvonne Fuller
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

Tactical Commanders must successfully integrate and manage dynamic, time-sensitive battlefield information from large numbers of heterogeneous sources to perform their jobs effectively. While new tools enable a wider distribution of Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence (C3I) information, existing systems are severely limited by procedures and methods and are not typically designed to adequately support the underlying cognitive work and information needs of tactical decision makers. To address these needs, we propose to design and demonstrate Operational Representations and Interactive Overlay Environment (ORION). This system will combine tightly coordinated, advanced data visualizations for individual information exploration and reasoning with deeply integrated collaboration tools to provide a shared understanding of the battlespace. Combined, ORION will effectively support Tactical Commanders’ real-time information exploration, manipulation, and exploitation of resources within a flexible and role-tailored workspace. To address key informational requirements and processing activities across a range of decision-makers, we will perform a cognitive analysis and then use the outputs of this analysis to design novel ecological interaction methods to support Commanders throughout the decision-making process. Finally, we will assess the feasibility of our proposed approach through rapid prototyping development to demonstrate information display tools and collaborative capabilities for the ORION system with representative personnel.

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