Tools to Support Understanding of Information Uncertainty in Combat Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N65538-09-M-0007
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-166-0373
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-166
Small Business Information
Sonalysts, Inc.
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, 06385
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
077317766
Principal Investigator
 H. Banta
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3844
 banta@sonalysts.com
Business Contact
 Jean Miceli
Title: Principal Investigator
Phone: (860) 326-3787
Email: jmiceli@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Sonalysts proposes to investigate the field of research associated with uncertainty visualization and utilize this information in conjunction with human systems integration (HSI) design principles and subject matter expertise (SME) to design innovative uncertainty visualization approaches and methods for validating overall approach effectiveness. One of the biggest challenges for today’s war-fighter is the task of making important tactical decisions under stressful conditions based on a potentially large volume of information that has varying levels of uncertainty. In order to accurately interpret uncertain data from various sources effectively, it is important that the decision maker has an adequate understanding of the level of uncertainty associated with any particular data. This requires the employment of a visualization approach that conveys uncertainty in a way that allows the decision maker to associate the appropriate level of confidence in any given data. Sonalysts proposes to leverage its extensive experience with HSI to develop innovative uncertainty visualizations along with metrics and usability tests to quantify the overall effectiveness of new and existing uncertainty visualization strategies. The ability to effectively convey the level of uncertainty associated with tactical data increases the war-fighter’s ability to correctly make critical tactical decisions that achieve mission objectives and saves lives.

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