Cognitive Technology for Advanced Maintenance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-07-C-6500
Agency Tracking Number: N062-108-0679
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-108
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
100 Great Meadow Rd., Suite 603, Wethersfield, CT, 06109
DUNS: 808837496
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sudipto Ghoshal
 Manager, Professional Ser
 (860) 257-8014
 sudipto@teamqsi.com
Business Contact
 Chuck Vallurupalli
Title: President and COO
Phone: (860) 257-8014
Email: chuckv@teamqsi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal is a joint effort between Qualtech Systems, Inc. (Wethersfield, CT), BBN Technologies (Boston, MA) and Aptima, Inc. (Woburn, MA). Our intelligent and adaptive maintenance-aid software solution will provide novel capabilities to streamline the maintenance task for technicians of all levels of experience. We propose to significantly enhance and integrate a knowledge-based maintenance and diagnostic reasoning engine, with an agent based software architecture that supports cognitive reasoning, and a user interface with novel human factors support. The integrated system will provide a support tool that streamlines the maintenance task by guiding the user through the optimal test sequence, while providing context specific user interface options to the technician throughout the process. The system will adapt to constraints imposed by the environment, the skill level and preferences of the maintenance technician, and specifics of the maintenance problem at hand. The software will learn from interaction with the technician, allowing the knowledge base for the problem space to grow over time, and the efficiency of the maintenance process to increase with subsequent tasks. The emergent behavior of the maintenance software will make the tool appear as a domain and maintenance expert as it guides the technician through the maintenance process.

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