Naturalistic Operator Interface for Immersive Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-6387
Agency Tracking Number:
O123-HS2-1147
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD12-HS2
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
Unova Technologies
9015 N. Cobre Drive, Phoenix, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078589356
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Getzlaff
Principle Investigator
(480) 363-5109
jgetzlaff@unovatech.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Getzlaff
President
(480) 363-5109
jgetzlaff@unovatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal addresses the significant need for supervisory control of sensor networks within a fully-immersive synthetic environment with novel Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs). A methodology and process to design a Synthetic Environment Machine Interface System (SEMIS) with multi-modal inference processing based on gestures and speech is detailed. The Phase 1 Work Plan employs the Rational Unified Process and AGILE software methodologies to ensure a focus on a supervisory operator"s needs and system goals. Examples of innovative proposed functionality include: a collaborative unmanned sensor group, sensor action ring overlay, HMI sensor toolkits, gesture table, 3D holograms, temporal timeline, health and status displays and data product tools. A cognitive analysis plan is utilized for analysis of problem domain functionality with respect to operator workload, varying levels of automation, and portrayal of information for sensor monitoring and re-tasking. A software testbed is also created for analysis and testing of proposed algorithms and HMI visualizations. At the end of Phase I, results of the research of are presented coupled with a limited demonstration of the SEMIS with the AFRL"s ICEbox in a supervisory operator mission scenario. Market segments are defined for commercialization, including PED systems, UxV ground control stations, medical imaging, and Cyber Warfare markets.

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