A Model-Based Index of Cognitive Fightability for Warrior Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: DAAD19-03-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: O012-0065
Amount: $739,437.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Freeman
 Director of Research Div
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
Current methods to assess system effectiveness often require the development of prototype systems and costly evaluation studies. Several heuristic approaches exist to support technology selection and implementation services, however a scientifically-basedprocess is needed that will consider the functionality that new technology provides, the missions that these systems will be applied to, and the operators that use them. Cognitive Fightability Index Tool (CogFIT) when fully developed in Phase II willprovide a novel functionality to model and analyze the impact of a system on the cognitive performance of warfighters. The proposed research builds on our Phase I CogFIT prototype that successfully computed cognitive fightability as a measure of thecongruence between three factors: the mission, which represents what tasks must be performed; the cognitive abilities and capacities of human warfighters, which represents who performs the tasks; and the design of the system, which represents how toperform the required tasks. In Phase II, we intend to extend this capability, incorporating advanced multi-objective optimization algorithms to provide additional diagnostic capabilities. In addition to calculating cognitive fightability, optimizationalgorithms are used to generate specific recommendations for organizational change intended to enhance the system utility and increase cognitive fightability.

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