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Varna: Conceptual Development of Methods for Prioritizing, Presenting, and Monitoring Electronic Warfare Alerts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0593
Agency Tracking Number: N211-050-1958
Amount: $239,756.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-050
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-18
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Cory Rieth
 (858) 535-1661
Business Contact
 Ronald Moore
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Research Institution

EW operators are increasingly flooded with information, including alert messages on a wide variety of topics, such as system status, system faults, situation reports, and target status. Staying abreast of these frequent alerts can cause operator error, fatigue, distraction from important duties, missed messages, and impaired situation awareness. Appropriately presenting alerts in the EW operator’s human-machine interface is a balancing act between necessary notification and unwanted distraction. Pacific Science & Engineering will develop automated methods to determine alert priorities for EW operators and then style the presentation of that alert appropriately to alert, inform, or log for future attention. Alert prioritization depends on several dynamic situational factors, including current mission requirements, the operator’s immediate tasking, the content and relevance of an alert, and operator current workload. Further, the system should continue to monitor alert status to ensure that alerts are appropriately addressed by the operator, as time and operational context allows. This requirement for sophisticated alert presentation and monitoring is critical for EW systems, and it is equally critical for related systems and display consoles, as well. Applying consistent methods for alert monitoring, prioritization, and presentation will make the entire suite of EW systems easier to use, manage, and train.

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