SEASIM - Synthetic Environment for Assessment of Shipboard technology Impact on Manning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0118
Agency Tracking Number: N051-047-0985
Amount: $69,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-047
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
SOAR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Wood
 Senior Scientist
 (734) 327-8000
 swood@soartech.com
Business Contact
 James Rosbe
Title: President
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Under this Phase I Small Business Innovative Research contract, we propose to develop a synthetic agent-based environment, SEASIM, to help assess the impact of new technology on shipboard systems and to optimize manning. Model-based evaluation techniques are a proven alternative to traditional build-and-test technology development processes in the design of Navy systems. However, no single technique exists that can assess new technology across dimensions essential for optimal shipboard manning. SEASIM will take a novel, multi-agent system approach to combine the strengths of multiple model-based assessment techniques including queuing theory, discrete event simulation, constraint satisfaction, and cognitive modeling. This approach will allow analysts to assess new technological and doctrinal changes for their impact across multiple facets of manning optimization, including, team organization, personnel selection, training, operations, maintenance, and logistics. The proposed environment will support rapid experimentation to compare alternative designs and enable analysts to understand how, why, and when one system is better than the other for specific metrics. This proposed methodology supports a logical, scientific process to manning optimization and for driving new shipboard technology development. Successful completion of this work could save the Navy vast amounts of time and resources while reducing manning requirements and improving shipboard performance.

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