NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 X7.02-9348
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Intelligent Onboard Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: The Cognitive Onboard Operator Assistant Architecture

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
951 Mariner's Island Blvd. Suite 360
San Mateo, CA 94404-1560
(650)931-2726

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Emilio Remolina
remolina@stottlerhenke.com
951 Mariner's Island Blvd., Ste. 360
San Mateo, CA 94404-1560
(650)931-2700

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
We propose a cognitively inspired architecture for deploying an automated intelligent onboard operator assistant. This assistant facilitates the onboard control while finding a compromise between increasing the operator's awareness of the system tasks and decreasing the operator's workload. The core of this assistant is an adaptive algorithm (AA) that determines the appropriate level of automation (LOA) for the current mission phase depending on factors such as the operator's workload and situation awareness, mission phase requirements and state, as well as human-automation interactions and supervisory control issues.

The goal of our proposed agent-based architecture is to facilitate the creation and evaluation of AA algorithms. In order to easily define AA strategies, the architecture provides facilities to explicitly represent, reason with, and update the state of the different knowledge structures needed by the AA. We will develop a testbed to evaluate different AAs regarding the operator's situation awareness in a multi-agent dynamic scenario. To promote experimenter control and rapid evaluations, a graphical behavior language will be used to define the behavior of entities in a simulator-based experimental scenario. Phase I will focus on the definition of the testbed and in creating a system prototype. Phase II will focus on making the architecture robust and testing it in a high fidelity simulator.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
NASA applications include the development of intelligent user interfaces for the management of mission operations including problem resolution in the spacecraft, payload operations, and control interfaces for operator-multiagent teams and cooperative teams.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The product will provide unique tools for the design, development and evaluation of control and supervisory interfaces in commercial environments like air control systems, UVs management and industrial production lines.