Automatic User Interface Configuration Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0092
Agency Tracking Number: N091-061-0679
Amount: $99,522.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-061
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box 519, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 V. Spiker
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Robert Dick
Title: Principal Scientist
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
The need for a rational strategy to manage the evolution of user interfaces (UI) during block upgrades in complex tactical weapon systems has been a daunting, and costly, challenge for all services, especially the Navy. The emergence of open and Service-Oriented Architectures has exacerbated this problem. Vendors of these systems and the government agree that design tools are needed which provide UI designers with an environment that semi- or automatically manages these changes. Working with our Phase III transition partner, Raytheon IDS, we plan to design, development, implement, and test TRUIDTM, Toolset for Rational User Interface Design. Developed as a Java plug-in, TRUID consists of a query-based design pattern recognizer, a system analyzer for parsing the UI into chunks, a task decomposer that breaks down system tasks hierarchically, an IF-THEN UI design rule engine that optimizes widget/controller configuration given task and mission context, a document compiler that automatically reconfigures as design changes are made, and a scenario-based training aid for system and UI designers. TRUID will be prototyped in Phase II and field tested in the context of a Navy weapon system of interest, such as the CCS MK2 Weapons Control System or the AN/BYG-1 Advanced Submarine Combat System.

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