NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 X7.02-9336
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Intelligent Onboard Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Intelligent Multimodal Signal Adaptation System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Micro Analysis & Design, Inc.
4949 Pearl East Circle, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80301-2577
(303)442-6947

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Julie Bzostek
jbzostek@maad.com
4949 Pearl East Circle, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80301-2577
(303)442-6947

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Micro Analysis and Design (MA&D) is pleased to submit this proposal to design an Intelligent Multimodal Signal Adaptation System. This system will dynamically adapt a display to the optimal modality based upon an operator's workload. As cockpits become more complicated, there is more data to be monitored by pilots in the normal operation of an aircraft. Some of this burden has been lightened with automated systems, but the operator still has to be aware of which automated systems are operating at any given time, and their current mode. Signals are presented to the pilots when these systems start, end, or are in effect, but these signals are often lost in the overwhelming amount of data the operators must attend. A system that could present signals with the highest probability of being noticed by operators would help achieve the goal of ensuring that the right information is delivered at the optimal time and modality so that operators can act on the information. Assuring that pilots are aware of the various states of the aircraft systems would lead, in turn, to greater situation awareness and safety.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
We believe that a tool that can dynamically adapt to the current state of a cockpit system will help to improve safety through increased situation awareness (SA). This could be implemented on any newly built manned spacecraft, as well as retrofit into existing crew systems. This tool could also be a benefit to monitoring stations, or any system where a human has to attend to many sources of data at once. Because this tool is examining a basic level of human-computer interaction and SA, it could be applied to any closed loop system.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
We believe that a tool that can dynamically adapt to the current state of cockpit system will help to improve safety through increased situation awareness (SA). This tool could easily be built into any new crew station, but could also be added to existing systems. Any commercial airline could benefit from such a tool as passenger safety is a priority. Such a tool could also benefit any commercial transportation mode, and eventually make its way into other arenas. Because this tool is examining a basic level of human-computer interaction and SA, it could be applied to any closed loop system.