NASA SBIR 02-1 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER:02- H2.02-8945 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 023054 )
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Human Centered Computing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Crew Activity Analyzer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Foster-Miller Inc
350 Second Ave
Waltham , MA   02154 - 1196
(781 ) 684 - 4320

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
350 Second Ave
Waltham , MA   02154 - 1196
(781 ) 684 - 4242

Future space missions will require planning for human interactions in a confined and potentially harsh environment over extended periods of time. The study of human behavior in simulated environments is one means of planning for these missions. The proposed innovative Crew Activity Analyzer (CAA) will provide NASA with an efficient and cost-effective tool for automatically identifying patterns of group activity from image data of these simulated environments. The CAA will be more objective and accurate than using human observers to process the information from visual images. The CAA concept is based on computer vision algorithms developed by Foster-Miller. The tool will provide an automated means for determining patterns and timing of group activity. Human involvement in processing of the image data will be minimal. Phase I objectives are to 1) select and prioritize the group activities to be analyzed, 2) validate method for segmentation of image data, 3) develop suitable techniques for tracking individuals and 4) perform validation experiments, including computing metrics of individual and collaborative time and space usage. (P-020614)

The proposed Crew Activity Analyzer (CAA) has potential application by researchers using videotapes or other image recording to document the behavior of individuals interacting in groups. The military, the airline industry, university researchers, research hospitals, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Federal Railroad Administration all are concerned about group interaction and team performance, and employ image recording in their research. The CAA might also be used for analyzing the activity of animals in a zoo or research environment.

Planning for International Space Station missions and future missions to deep space employs earth analogs and simulator facilities to gather data on human interaction in these confined environments. The Crew Activity Analyzer (CAA) will provide the means to accurately and quickly determine patterns of group activity in these environments from image data.

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