Adaptive Interface Management System (AIMS) for Network-Centric Supervisory Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-6089
Agency Tracking Number: F093-028-0131
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-028
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amos Freedy
 (818) 788-4830
Business Contact
 Gershon Weltman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (818) 788-1025
Research Institution
This proposal is for an Adaptive Interface Management System (AIMS) for Netcentric Supervisory Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Our objective is to enhance multi-UAV operator performance by extending capabilities and reducing workload through a toolset of task-oriented decision aids and intelligent agent assistants. By providing these tools, we will realize optimal efficiency in mission planning, allocation of mission responsibilities to resources, and continuous UAV decision and control tasks during mission execution. Our intent is to integrate the AIMS product with the USAF Vigilant Spirit Control Station (VSCS) to demonstrate AIMS operation and to confirm performance gains in achieving mission goals with reduced cognitive load. Three innovative elements are central to our approach: Adaptive Delegation Interface (ADI) methodology, a Broad Spectrum of Decision Aids, and Adjustable Autonomy. Our work plan in Phase I will focus on cognitive task analysis of the operator to identify specific applications for high impact decision aids for subsequent design and implementation. Specifically, we will study the architecture and functionality of the VSCS to establish a plan for integration of the AIMS intelligent aids. We will employ a modular design that can be easily transitioned to other systems. BENEFIT: We plan to develop AIMS for management and control of multiple, heterogeneous UAV platforms. Our system will include automated assistance for planning/re-planning, monitoring and controlling, coordinating with collaborating force elements and control agencies, and operating mission payload equipment to achieve a high level of efficiency and effectiveness in battlespace mission operations. To accomplish this, we will develop, demonstrate and evaluate the AIMS, first in a developmental setting, then in scenario-based AFRL Vigilant Spirit hosted human-in-the-loop evaluations. Finally, we will pursue specific dual use military and civilian UAV applications of the development products to leverage the capabilities of the operators of these systems. Our commercialization strategy will begin in Phase I. A key part of our core effort will be to define the application of the proposed system for commercial sale in defense, security and business markets and to establish an initial strategy for transfer, integration and full commercialization.

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