Modeling Based Decision Support Environment

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC06CA29C
Agency Tracking Number: 041130
Amount: $599,478.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Phoenix Integration
1715 Pratt, Blacksburg, VA, 24060-0000
Duns: 938911427
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Ragon
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 961-7215
 sragon@phoenix-int.com
Business Contact
 Brett Malone
Title: President
Phone: (540) 961-7215
Email: malone@phoenix-int.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Phoenix Integration's vision is the creation of an intuitive human-in-the-loop engineering environment called Decision Navigator that leverages recent advances in multi-dimensional visualization technology, state-of-the art optimization algorithms, and parallel processing capability. The visualization displays help designers understand key trends and trade-offs, follow the progress of the optimization algorithm, and interact with and guide the algorithm so as to make decisions regarding promising designs. This tool is fundamentally different from traditional optimization tools because of its interactive nature. Phase I research proved the feasibility of the Decision Navigator concept by integrating an optimization engine with multi-dimensional visualization tools and then integrating the combination into the Phoenix Integration design environment known as ModelCenter. This Phase II proposal builds upon the Phase I proof of feasibility study and completes the concept as a practical commercial decision support tool. Key technical elements added in Phase II include the ability to collaborate with other users, the ability to manage risk and uncertainty, and interactive "wizards" that will help users accomplish common tasks. The Decision Navigator will be a critical link in exercising NASA mission models, trade studies, system and investment analysis, and program and technology planning.

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