Business Intelligence Visualization System for Organizational Understanding, Analysis, and Collaboration (BIVOUAC)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66001-10-M-5114
Agency Tracking Number: N101-103-0603
Amount: $99,873.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-103
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Pfautz
 Principal Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 jpfautz@cra.com
Business Contact
 Ninos Hanna
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: nhanna@cra.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Military information systems, including those used in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), aggregate massive amounts of heterogeneous data, but typically provide ineffective visualization tools to explore those datasets in support of high-quality, collaborative decision-making by distributed teams. Linking datasets entails authorship of complex transformation and loading scripts. Existing reporting systems require time-consuming manual coding of arcane templates, yielding rudimentary visualizations with primitive interactivity. Finally, remote collaborators are often relegated to the sidelines, able to collaborate only by making static offline changes to a shared document or report. To address these needs, we propose to design and demonstrate a Business Intelligence Visualization System for Organizational Understanding, Analysis, and Collaboration (BIVOUAC). BIVOUAC seamlessly integrates disparate datasets and presents a taxonomy of rich, detailed, visual metaphors for exploratory decision-making. A multimodal interactive architecture allows users with diverse displays and input devices to directly manipulate visualizations and navigate large datasets, using interactivity controls that extend the conceptual model of the visualization. Teams can collaborate locally or remotely, simultaneously or asynchronously, with visual cues and affordances that reinforce cooperation within a shared workspace. The development of this technology will enable dramatic improvements in decision-making in the Navy’s ERP program and for program managers throughout the DoD.

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