Team Assessment Grid (TAG): A Coordinating Representation for Submarine Contact Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0389
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1287
Amount: $737,231.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD10-CR7
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc
9180 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA, -
Duns: 131182388
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harvey Smallman
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 535-1661
 harveysmallman@pacific-science.com
Business Contact
 James Callan
Title: President
Phone: (858) 535-1666
Email: jrcallan@pacific-science.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
There is great current interest in improving the contact management of submarines operated in the littorals. Littoral contact management is challenging because the ambiguities inherent in contact localization make accurately reconstructing each contact a hard task. High littoral contact densities exacerbate the problem. Knowledge about contacts may become unhelpfully fragmented across the submarine team and there can be critical failures of the team mental model. In Phase I, PSE designed a concept prototype of a Team Assessment Grid (TAG) to support submarine littoral contact management. The TAG supports the team mental model by making the contact management processes explicit and verifiable. TAG applies scientific concepts from cognitive and collaboration science, tailored to a sophisticated understanding of domain requirements to create a simple, useful and usable tool for the section tracking party. In Phase II, PSE proposes to design, develop and validate a demonstration concept demonstration prototype of the TAG system, with both human performance testing and modeling and simulation. The TAG will improve the cognitive readiness of contact management teams by improving task performance, shared situation awareness and convergence of the team mental model. The project culminates in a whitepaper to NAVSEA to transition TAG through APB15.

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