Intelligent Adaptive Needs Characterization for M&S Systems Engineering

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7082
Agency Tracking Number: B11B-003-0002
Amount: $99,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-T003
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200, Round Rock, TX, -
DUNS: 090213369
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Karen Ulferts
 Senior Engineer
 (512) 238-9840
Business Contact
 Steve Fendley
Title: President
Phone: (512) 238-9840
Research Institution
 University of Texas @San Antonio
 Mo Jamshidi
 One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78249-
 (210) 458-7074
 Nonprofit college or university
5-D Systems and the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) Laboratory will prototype a system concept and produce a long term development plan for a tool to intelligently assist MDA M & S Systems Engineers in understanding the needs of their stakeholders. Our prototype will address the elicitation, capture, characterization, and refinement of a stakeholder fundamental needs statement. Our approach is to apply expert decision making and evolutionary computing to the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP) task"elicit stakeholder requests"to produce an interactive application that combines elicitation and analysis methods (interviews, workshops, brainstorming) with AI technology (fuzzy control logic, genetic programming). 5-D and UTSA will demonstrate systems engineering expertise, RUP experience, and artificial intelligence capabilities to design and develop the 5-D Stakeholder Needs Analysis Program (SNAP) tool. SNAP will enable MDA systems engineers to leverage upon expert systems to clarify, characterize, and validate their stakeholder need statements. SNAP will assist and guide the engineers through the initial phase of collecting and understanding the needs of their stakeholders by capturing inputs related to the stakeholder and their needs and prompting the engineers with intelligently formulated questions necessary to clarify and define the fundamental statement(s) of needs.

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