Team Knowledge Interoperability in Maritime Interdiction Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0211
Agency Tracking Number: N081-082-1187
Amount: $67,040.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-082
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 016442399
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 Chief Technology Officer
 (540) 951-5900
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Title: Chief Marketing Officer
Phone: (703) 893-1928
Research Institution
We develop a same time/different place collaborative ability to promote shared awareness in teams working in rapid response operations with fluid and rich data. Our goal is to better understand cognitive processes of team collaboration, and use the understanding to drive the design of a collaborative system (CS). The CS is targeted to Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIOs), but also applies to emergency responders. Our solution defines schemas for MIOs. Schemas are the antithesis of task models – they don’t say how to do the job, but instead focus on assumptions and responsibilities by role for the MIO, which are easier to elaborate than listing all possible tasks and decisions. When an assumption goes wrong on a MIO, improvisation is required which invokes collaborative problem solving. We use a cognitive model to describe collaborative events that the CS initiates when assumptions are violated during a MIO. The CS also acts as a memory aid to help MIO team members invoke knowledge they already have, and perform better. After a MIO, schemas are updated through reflection to dynamically evolve as teamwork evolves and enemy tactics adapt. Phase I empirically assesses deriving and updating schemas, and creates a preliminary CS design.

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