Developing a Cognitive Metrics Support Tool for Systems Engineering

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-04-C-1069
Agency Tracking Number: N031-0416
Amount: $599,934.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-060
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
KLEIN ASSOC., INC.
1750 Commerce Center Blvd. North, Fairborn, OH, 45324
DUNS: 095201000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Miller
 Senior Research Associate
 (937) 873-8166
 tmiller@decisionmaking.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Law
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (937) 873-8166
Email: law@decisionmaking.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Navy personnel must be prepared to think and act under fire. Navy systems must support, not hinder, the ability to think and act in situations marked by high stakes, time pressure, ambiguous or conflicting information, and rapid change. How can the Navy leverage information technologies to establish and maintain the warfighter's knowledge superiority? Prototypes that look good in the cool isolation of development often do not support human cognition in the field. This proposal describes tools to help systems designers generate and apply cognitive metrics, measures of human cognitive capabilities critical to skilled performance. In Phase I we created a cognitive metrics suite to augment human performance metrics and the human-systems integration process. We developed methods for generating and using cognitive metrics. Grounded in Cognitive Task Analysis and the concept of macrocognition, the suite demonstrated high potential for evaluating the effects of information technologies on cognitive performance. Phase II will develop a prototype, the Cognitive Metrics Suite (CMS) Tool that enables efficient use of cognitive metrics throughout the system development process. The computer-based tool will facilitate generic evaluation of cognitive dimensions across a variety of tasks, as well as cognitive requirements specific to the performing a demanding task.

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