Multi-Function Displays for Warfighter Consolidation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-02-C-3046
Agency Tracking Number: N02-040-02
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gavan Lintern
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 496-2428
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
"The Navy is under pressure to reduce staffing levels on its combat ships. However, current displays are designed to support single-functions, which makes it difficult to reduce manning without limiting the crew's ability to perform the current number ofcombat functions. New multi-function displays are needed to allow smaller crews to perform a greater number of functions. We propose a revolutionary approach to interface design for multifunctional systems, drawing on the techniques of Cognitive WorkAnalysis and Ecological Interface Design, to design a multi-function interface tailored for two mission areas within a modern US Navy warship. Tentatively, we propose that these be time-critical targeting and damage control. The interface will bestructured on the basis of functional properties identified by application of Cognitive Work Analysis. In Phase I of this project we will demonstrate the integration of Cognitive Work Analysis methods and tools to produce a prototype interface that spanstwo disparate work functional areas. In Phase II we will extend that analysis and design effort to resolve issues related to the shared, distributed and dynamic nature of the work and we will evaluate the effectiveness of our interface design as it impactsworker effectiveness. There is a virtually unlimited market for methods and tools that can increase the productivity of workers interacting with complex systems of systems. Tools for the creatio

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