A Cognitive Architecture for Naval Mine Countermeasures (MCM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0215
Agency Tracking Number: N121-082-0266
Amount: $489,651.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-082
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
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Principal Investigator
 Robert Marinier
 Research Scientist
 (734) 887-7615
Business Contact
 Andrew Dallas
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 887-7603
Email: contracts@soartech.com
Research Institution
Current Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations attempt to balance risk and time via processes that are staff and time intensive. The range of experience in the MCM staff further complicates these processes. Existing tools such as MEDAL provide some support to address these issues, but those tools lack a comprehensive coverage of the process; in particular, there is no direct replanning support. Additionally, the tools do not help the inexperienced staff understand and deal with various situations. Existing tools are mostly passive, representing data, but not interpreting it, leaving issues of issue detection, option generation, and option evaluation entirely up to the staff. The Navy is interested in exploring whether cognitive architectures can help address these issues. Recent years have seen increased development of cognitive architectures, which are ideal platforms for encoding expert knowledge and interacting with users. TRUFAST (Transparent Reasoning under Uncertainty for Antimine Systems in real-Time) leverages mixed-initiative interaction, human-behavior models, explanation, and adaptation using episodic memory in order to perform its issue detection, option generation, and option evaluation functions. We call this combination of features Cognitive Episodic replan Assessment (CErA). CErA is a general approach that could be applied to many domains; TRUFAST performs CErA for MCM.

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