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Multi-Perspective Decision Making in a Networked Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0295
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-031-0049
Amount: $79,903.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T031
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road
San Diego, CA -
United States
DUNS: 131182388
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Maia Cook
 Senior Sci Principal Inve
 (858) 535-1661
Business Contact
 James Callan
Title: President
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Research Institution
 Old Dominion University
 Mary Garrett
ODU Research Foundation 4111 Monarch Way Suite 204
Norfolk, VA 23508-
United States

 (757) 683-4293
 Nonprofit College or University

Unmanned vehicles (UVs) are transforming the submarines collection and communication capabilities. However, the user tasks needed to employ UVs are not seamlessly integrated into existing submarine tasks and personnel assignments. Further, submarines will have to flexibly coordinate UV employment with multiple partners. These complex missions will need support for multi-participant, multi-perspective decision-making. The objective of this proposal is to take a user-centered design and systems engineering approach, bringing domain expertise and relevant scientific concepts to develop a decision aid called MASTS (Multi-perspective ASsessments and Tasking for Submarines). MASTS consists of three integrated elements: a CONOPS for sub-UV task integration, a task allocation model, and a collaborative workspace to coordinate multiple perspectives. These elements seamlessly weave UV tasking onto subs, reduce knowledge fragmentation and support team situation awareness, and structure and coordinate multi-perspective decision-making. Together, these elements are anticipated to improve command decision making. The proposal team is well-positioned with relevant expertise, related sub-UV CONOPS work, domain familiarity and access to experts, extensive operational evaluation experience, and access to multiple promising transition avenues. With this approach, a solution will be developed that is scientifically principled, grounded in the real needs of operational users, and aligned with the transition process and timeline.

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