Rapid Team Cognitive Readiness Assessment System based on Dynamic Bayesian Networks and Neurocognitive Measures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0129
Agency Tracking Number: O102-CR1-6035
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-CR1
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Guangfan Zhang
 Lead Research Scientist
 (301) 294-5244
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director of Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
Current and future combat operations more and more rely on team coordination. Commanders need a method to assess the cognitive readiness of their teams before and during a mission. To successfully accomplish a mission, the team, should be cognitively ready to adapt during the mission. Team cognitive readiness focuses on the mental preparation of teams, and can be measured by how well the team responds to novel unexpected events. Effective teams communicate appropriate content between their members, track teammates"performance and workload for each team member and assist and support each other when feasible. In this way, team performance is much more than the aggregate of its members. We propose to develop a team cognitive readiness assessment system based on a set of neurocognitive measures and a Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs)-based toolset , which utilizes a DBNs method to account for the temporal evolution of team cognitive readiness and correlations among team members, and discover and quantify strong correlations between different measures and team cognitive readiness in real time. To determine these correlations, we will create a team readiness testbed by adapting a team training environment specially created to vary individual and team cognitive readiness in a controlled military setting.

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