Human-Machine Interfaces for Coordination Decision Support in Tactical Settings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number: 05ST1-0020
Amount: $529,978.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: ST051-002
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
JXT APPLICATIONS, INC.
2673 Commons Blvd, Suite 20, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Duns: 099666211
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Cone
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 306-5003
 scottcone@jxtai.com
Business Contact
 Terry Fulbright
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (937) 306-5003
Email: tfulbright@jxtai.com
Research Institution
 WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
 Ellen 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 prototype collaborative user interface implemented on a handheld computer that will enable mobile commanders to work collaboratively with software agents to evaluate, coordinate, refine and decide on optimal Courses of Action. This project complements the DARPA COORDINATOR project, which focuses on software agent development. A mixture of user interface technologies will be employed within a Joint Cognitive System architecture. 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 resulting 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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