A Cognitive Architecture for Naval Mine Countermeasures (MCM)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$489,651.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-13-C-0215
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-082-0266
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-082
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Robert Marinier
Research Scientist
(734) 887-7615
bob.marinier@soartech.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Dallas
Vice President
(734) 887-7603
contracts@soartech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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