Team Knowledge Interoperability in Maritime Interdiction Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0492
Agency Tracking Number: N081-082-0960
Amount: $449,953.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-082
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 131182388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark StJohn
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 535-1661
Business Contact
 James Callan
Title: President
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Research Institution
Navy operations are increasingly composed of distributed teams and reach-back assets that collaborate over time and distance. Better collaboration tools are need to support team situation awareness and coordinate distributed tasking. Our solution, HERMES, consists of two major elements: the SLATE spatial messaging collaboration tool and a new concept called Workflow Coordinating Representations (WCRs) that supports task management and distributed workflow. SLATE imports mission documents, such as maps, images, and timelines, and allows users to share annotations on those documents. WCRs provide a communal representation of distributed group tasks where all operators can share information, and comment on the on-going activity. It explicitly supports collaboration by managing the data involved in the activity, presenting task status information, and providing a place for users to comment, critique, and review. HERMES is specifically designed for maritime interdiction operations, but the concepts apply broadly, including military patrols, civil and private security operations, emergency management, industrial plant management, and damage control. Phase II will consist of a spiral process of design, development, evaluation, and transition. Empirical scientific tests of the design will contribute to our theoretical understanding of small, distributed team collaboration and support technology.

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