Interface Management through Automated Generation and Evaluation (IMAGE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0094
Agency Tracking Number: N091-061-1044
Amount: $69,094.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-061
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b
211 N 1st St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Miller
 Chief Scientist
 (612) 716-4015
 cmiller@sift.info
Business Contact
 Harry Funk
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (612) 578-7438
Email: hfunk@sift.info
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Configuration Management for User Interface (UI) design must go beyond traditional version control and traceability to include enforcement of style rules, assessment of required coverage and evaluation of compatibility and consistency with other systems or prior UI versions for similar tasks. SIFT has more 20 years experience developing and fielding interface evaluation and generation aids. We have developed a core representation and reasoning capability for describing the information needs of tasks, the information provided by displays and for computing the degree of match between the two. Furthermore, we describe methods, some used in prior projects, for performing sophisticated and traceable tradeoff reasoning among competing goals in UI generation. With these methods, UI evaluation and generation are closely related—it requires little additional effort to achieve one mode of interaction vs. the other. We explain these approaches and propose methods for using them, with innovative augmentation and integration into the Navy’s SOA environment, to provide IMAGE (Interface Management through Automated Generation and Evaluation) for UI configuration management of the advanced types described above. IMAGE will be developed together with Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors for Navy submarine systems—notionally beginning with UIs for the Common Submarine Radio Room.

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