Proactive Contextual Decision Support for Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1192
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-020-0226
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T020
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 131182388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harvey Smallman
 Director Visual Analytics
 (858) 535-1661
Business Contact
 James Callan
Title: President
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Research Institution
 Georgia Tech Research Corporation
 Karen Feigh
 505 Tenth Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332-
 (404) 385-7686
 Nonprofit college or university
Decision making is driven by context. Context can be hard to operationalize and harness to the design of decision support systems. Modern military task displays often omit important context which can lead to singificant errors. This problem is exemplified in undersea warfare and specifically contact management for safe littoral navigation. In littoral navigation, workload may be high and team members operating in discrete roles may proceed without awareness of important general context. This proposal addresses these issues by pairing PSEs expertise in designing scientifically principled interfaces to support challenging cognitive and collaborative tasks with Georgia Techs expertise in the cognitive science of the role of context in decision making. This proposal uses contact management and navigation in the littoral environment as an illustrative test case for the creation of PDS elements that integrate context into decision tools. Critically, rather than indiscriminate the unprincipled addition of context to current decision tools, we will utilize current decision science research to incorporate context into decision systems in a scientifically principled, intelligent, and effective way. Our proposal outlines the steps needed to combine current research with practice to create concept PDS elements supporting modern operational decision-making through the effective and appropriate integration of context.

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