Development of the Acceleration-Performance Assessment and Simulation Systems (A-PASS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27932
Amount: $75,273.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4130 Linden Avenue Suite 235, Dayton, OH, 45432
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert D. O'donnell, Phd
 (513) 254-3171
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Research Institution
A novel approach to measuring human performance under high angular acceleration (especially, but not limited to centrifuge research) is developed in this Phase I proposal. The approach begins with intensive interaction between the operational user community and the performance-test developers to define "boundary" or criterion performances which answer the question "Can a given mission be achieved under expected G-loadings?" These boundary performances are then decomposed into part-tasks, and high construct-validity simulations of these are designed (avoiding academically pure but construct-limited synthetic tasks). These simulations provide traditional metrics (reaction time, percent correct, etc.), but are directly related to critical elements of operational tasks. In a second stage of the effort, data such as those which would be collected in actual experiments are used in mission effectiveness computer models to answer the question "How well can this mission's tasks be performed under the expected G-loadings?" These models permit the laboratory data to be generalized to any type of mission, and result in output data phrased in terms of probable mission impact of various flight profiles, tactics, or protective devices in the acceleration environment. Phase I will produce a completely specified performance assessment strategy for centrifuge research, engineering designs for the system, and demonstration of both the performance assessment and mission effectiveness modeling approaches.

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