Distributed Control Evaluation System for Multi-Platform Applications

Period of Performance: 04/21/2000 - 01/21/2001

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Integrity Systems, Inc.
31 Middlecot Street
Belmont, MA 02178
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In this Phase I effort, Integrity Systems will develop and evaluate a prototype Distributed Control Evaluation System (DCES) for multi-platform military applications. This system will embody a general-purpose evaluation methodology in the form of a testbed designed to simulate the essential features of the battlefield environment, navigation and track sensors, and target-tracking and sensor-control algorithms. The Phase I effort will review and characterize the features of distributed and conventional control methods for managing resources across multiple cooperating platforms in a battlespace environment. It will also review and compile useful metrics for measuring the effectiveness of such methods. It will then develop a prototype testbed (the DCES) for evaluating multi-platform resource management methods within a common framework. The prototype DCES will be relatively general-purpose, with a modular design that can be further generalized in Phase II, and readily adapted to new problems when necessary. The prototype DCES will be demonstrated for a selected sample problem designed to illustrate its evaluation capabilities. At its conclusion, the Phase I effort will provide recommended extensions of the prototype DCES design. The subsequent Phase II effort will implement extensions of the prototype DCES to generalize its applicability to a wider range of problems and control methods. The distributed control evaluation system (DCES) developed here will be a general-purpose, customizable tool that can be used by the DoD and its contractors to evaluate sensor management and resource scheduling methods for multi-platform military applications. It will also be adaptable for use by industry in process-control applications involving both distributed and conventional control schemes. It has the further potential to be adapted for use in university control-system courses.