Work-Centered Interface Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-01-P-0081
Agency Tracking Number: 01-0523
Amount: $64,898.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SENTAR, INC.
4900 University Square, Suite 8, Huntsville, AL, 35816
DUNS: 174265736
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gordon Streeter
 Senior Analyst III
 (256) 704-0863
 gstreeter@sentar.com
Business Contact
 Peter Kiss
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (256) 704-0863
Email: pkiss@sentar.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The challenge in developing a Work-Centered Interface (WCI) is to create a system capable of exploiting an array of distributed information resources and channeling these resources to decision-makers in a useful and flexible manner to support a full rangeof Command and Control operations.Sentar proposes a WCI based on a multi-agent architecture. This approach enables definition and execution of reusable decision-support tasks required by users in performance of their work. The proposed architecture combines centralized agent mediationand oversight with decentralized information retrieval. Information retrieval, synthesis, and presentation are delegated to specialized intelligent agents. This provides a flexible infrastructure capable of supporting distributed data sources as well asa heterogeneous and dynamic work force.In Phase I of this SBIR, Sentar will draw upon its previous experience with intelligent multi-agent systems to develop and document a plan for the creation of WCI application software, explore its feasibility through implementation of a WCI technologydemonstration, and assess its impact with respect to benefits and potential payoff. Further, Sentar will develop a commercialization strategy for the technology and a plan for a Phase II prototype.The potential for WCI technology goes beyond military application. By providing users with focused access to distributed systems, the WCI application will provide users with a single point of entry to access and control a full range of distributedinformation resources. Potential application areas include ERP/MRP systems, logistics, business operations, and supply chain management.

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