ADAPT: Allocation of Dynamic Attention across People & Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number: F064-003-0440
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T003
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-06-20
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
 Rebecca Grier
 Human-Systems Engineer
 (202) 842-1548
 rgrier@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
 GEORGE MASON UNIV.
 Ann McGuigan
 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030
 (703) 993-2298
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Effective task management is a critical component of mission success. As warfighters are given more information to monitor, however, their ability to detect and attend to critical information and tasks is stressed. An automatic task manager is needed to help ensure that responses to events occur in a timely manner. The foundation of such a tool is an accurate model of human dynamic attention. Many such models have been formulated; however none describe behavior in a command and control (C2) environment. We propose to (1) develop a model of dynamic attention in a representative C2 environment, the Dynamic Targeting Cell (DTC); and (2) develop an automated task manager that leverages this model. ADAPT will automatically inform warfighters of tasks that need to be performed. This advice will be optimized to reduce attention shifts and attentional overload and ensure that critical events are covered. When complete, ADAPT will increase the effectiveness of teams within the C2 environment, ensuring that tasks are attended to efficiently and effectively.

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