A Model-Based Index of Cognitive Fightability for Warrior Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$739,437.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAD19-03-C-0091
Award Id:
54737
Agency Tracking Number:
O012-0065
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JaredFreeman
Director of Research Div
(202) 842-1548
freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact:
MargaretClancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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