Human-Machine Interfaces for Coordination Decision Support in Tactical Settings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0207
Agency Tracking Number: 05ST1-0020
Amount: $98,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: ST051-002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
JXT APPLICATIONS, INC.
2673 Commons Blvd, Suite 20, Dayton, OH, 45431
DUNS: 099666211
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Cone
 Dir. Human Factors & Cog. Sys. Eng.
 (937) 305-5003
 scottcone@jxtai.com
Business Contact
 Terry Fulbright
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (937) 306-5003
Email: tfulbright@jxtai.com
Research Institution
 WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
 Ellen Reinsch Friese
 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH, 45435
 (937) 775-2423
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Mobile Army commanders must frequently adjust their planned course of action (COA) in response to events and changes in the Battlespace. Advances in the battlefield information infrastructure and related technologies provide new opportunities for the development of human-machine collaborative systems to support decision-making in this context. The objective of this effort is to develop a "joint cognitive system" that will enable software agents and humans to effectively collaborate to evaluate, coordinate, refine and decide on optimal COAs. This project, which focuses on collaborative user interface development, complements the DARPA COORDINATOR project, which focuses on software agent development. We propose to employ the Cognitive Systems Engineering framework combined with an Ecological Interface Design approach to develop the system, which we call WICTOR. In our solution, the user interface provides a common framework for information exchange between the human and machine, as well as a mechanism for the human to guide the machine expert. The system will support functions ranging from monitoring the battle situation, detecting deviations from the plan, developing / selecting alternative COAs, and coordinating these COAs with other combat units at various levels of command.

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