Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems (MiDAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0199
Agency Tracking Number: N054-017-0279
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T017
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
 Michael Linegang
 Human Factors Analyst
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
 William F Decker
 2130 Seamans Center, Dept. of Mechanical and Indust
Iowa City, IA, 52242
 (319) 335-3899
 Nonprofit college or university
We propose producing the MiDAS (Mission Displays for Autonomous Systems) interface designed to exploit existing automation capabilities of unmanned vehicles and improve future user interfaces in unmanned vehicles using an automated control system. Our technical approach features an innovative concept: using a Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA) approach to provide the structure for our design of the MiDAS interface so that it is invariant across different types of unmanned vehicles. This analysis would include an assessment of existing automation technologies for unmanned vehicle systems in order to map those parameters of human decision-making to data input requirements and data output capabilities of developed automation technologies. Phase I will consist of four tasks: 1) a Cognitive Work Analysis of the IA system interface; 2) a definition of the UxV operator requirements; 3) a prototype MiDAS interface design; 4) evaluation of the MiDAS interface, and 5) a plan to apply multi-modality to the UI (option task). In Phase II, the prototype MiDAS interface will be further developed for functioning in a more dynamic and unstructured environment, and integrated into a medium-fidelity simulation environment coupled with sufficient autonomy components to evaluate its functioning.

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