Learning in the Hot Seat: An Intelligent Mentor for JFACCs-to-be

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-05-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: F041-119-0149
Amount: $736,291.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-119
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1750 Commerce Center Blvd. North, Fairborn, OH, 45324
DUNS: 095201000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Ross
 Sr. Research Associate
 (673) 561-2010
 bross@decisionmaking.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Law
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (937) 873-8166
Email: law@decisionmaking.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The purpose of the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) Expedient Mentoring Interface (JEMENI) research is to address a need in the preparation of JFACCs and their Air Operations Center (AOC) staff. We will expand the results of our Phase I Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) findings into a working prototype of an intelligent mentoring system. We will elicit expertise from JFACCs and utilize doctrinal and educational sources to describe the cognitive challenges and decision-making strategies that are common in air-space campaign planning and execution. Using a Decision-Centered Design (DCD) approach to inform the design process, we will establish a Synthetic Task Environment (STE) to collect user feedback to identify improvements. A set of “intelligent” interfaces and filters will be developed to access resources, information, and tools that support JFACC performance. We will formalize the design in sufficient detail to demonstrate a working JEMENI prototype, with selected functionality, which we intend to evaluate in a large-scale joint training exercise. This demonstration will allow us to evaluate acceptability, usability, and effects of the mentoring system on key cognitive tasks that are performed in the AOC.

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