Cognitive Decision Aid Knowledge Acquisition Toolkit (CDAKAT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH-10-02-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A002-1587
Amount: $721,452.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2119 Oliver Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55405
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harry Funk
 Vice President, R&D
 (612) 578-7438
Business Contact
 Harry Funk
Title: Vice President, R&D
Phone: (612) 578-7438
Research Institution
"The Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate demonstrated the utility of Cognitive Decision Aiding Systems (CDASs). Unfortunately, the knowledge required to build CDASs is a tremendous hurdle to their de-velopment, fielding and maintenance. In Phase I, we documentedthe largest hurdle to efficient CDAS knowledge management as the `gap' between Knowledge Acquisition (KA) and Software De-velopment (SD). Technology exists to capture knowledge; putting it into a useful, accessible format for later SD lags behind. InPhase II, we will implement and test our prototype solution: TAGGER. TAGGER will enable richer communication between KA and SD by allowing `tagging' knowledge as it is acquired, using SD-relevant terms. Tagging will be done during knowledge elicitationand will require little extra effort beyond taking notes. Because tags are SD-relevant, later knowledge inspec-tion is facilitated and links are carried forward even into testing and re-design. Autonomous software `critics' will use tagging structures todetect flaws and patterns of interest or concern. We are using the industry standard Unified Modeling Language (UML) to structure `tags' and integrate them into SD, and illustrating UML's ability to duplicate the Task Network Toolset used on RPA andproposed for AATD's Hunter Standoff Killer Team (HSKT). In this effort, we will refine the TAGGER repre-sentation, design user interfaces for the TAGGER tool and prototype a tagging enviro

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