Aviator's Intelligent Assistant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4316
Amount: $729,953.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-124
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Taylor
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (734) 327-8000
Business Contact
 Michael Lent
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: contracts@soartech.com
Research Institution
Army helicopter pilots are inundated with information in the cockpit, and more is coming. But simply providing more information is not always the answer. With new technology constantly pushing more information into the cockpit, there is an ever-increasing demand for smarter management of that information before it overwhelms the pilot. Most cockpit displays require a pilot to navigate a series of screens to gather situational awareness for a decision. The time a user spends navigating these displays is less time spent building situational awareness. This proposal aims to improve helicopter pilots situational awareness and reduce pilot workload by reducing the time to find relevant information and decreasing the amount of irrelevant information presented to a pilot. To accomplish this, we will develop an Aviators Intelligent Assistant (AIA) that manages the amount and type of information sent to the display. The core of AIA is a domain-independent, context-sensitive display management component. AIA will also have application-specific interface layers for different data sources (e.g., Blue Force Tracker) and different display systems (e.g., Electronic Data Manager). By the end of Phase II, we will have an evaluated TRL6 beta version of AIA that is integrated onboard PM Air Warriors Electronic Data Manager.

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