Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-06-C-0098
Agency Tracking Number: A052-187-2076
Amount: $729,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-187
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Gildea
 Human Factors Psychologis
 (781) 496-2400
 kgildea@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Effective evaluation of human-machine systems requires accurate representations of human behavior. Human response to suppression is particularly important because it typically interrupts a mission task which, if continued or completed, would impact the outcome of the engagement. Currently, simulations only take into account a fraction of the perceptual cues to which humans respond under suppressive fire, and a small number of behavioral responses. This is due in part to a lack of empirical data, and to limited knowledge of physical and cognitive factors that constrain responses to suppressive fire. We propose to address the need for realistic, flexible, easy-to-update models by designing and prototyping a framework for Representing Entity Actions and Cue Taxonomies (REACT). Our human centric approach uses Cognitive Systems Engineering techniques to support the necessary knowledge elicitation and analysis efforts. This process will identify and categorize suppression cues, associate them with behaviors, and identify REACT software system requirements. We will then develop and implement methods to populate areas lacking in data to provide an enhanced representation of the role of suppression in decision making and performance. Finally, we will integrate the REACT framework into the Infantry Warrior Systems (IWARS).

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