Automated Techniques to Reduce Operator Workload at the Passive ASW and Human-System Interface

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-07-C-4123
Agency Tracking Number: N051-045-0160
Amount: $616,370.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-045
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Dick
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
 radick@anacapasciences.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: Chairman
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Email: dharris@anacapasciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Phases I through III of this SBIR are about developing and implementing a new technology for creating “Tactical User Interfaces” (TUIs) that reduce manpower requirements and increase watchstander performance. Phase I applied this multi-faceted “TUI Technology” to passive sensors, especially ASW. Later phases include active sensors, command and control (C2), multiple surface ship mission/warfare areas, and, potentially, applications at the Joint Command level. TUI Technology encompasses several broad innovations in system design, including: (a) new concepts in design of “tactical” systems (those that engage potential threats in “real time”); (b) new methods for establishing design requirements for tactical systems; (c) new methods – called “design patterns” – for low-cost migration of successful design features and functions from one tactical system to a new, similar-but-not-identical system; and (d) a new perspective on the issue of “tactical problem solving” in time-constrained situations where extreme consequences can result from a watchstander’s outright errors or poor performance. Phase I proved the TUI Technology concept. Phase II implements key aspects of TUI Technology in a functioning prototype. Phase III will use TUI Technology to leverage the effectiveness of the Navy’s emergent network capabilities, to distribute watchstander workload across multiple platforms – both deployed combatants and shorebased commands.

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