Advanced Automated Sonar Operator Machine Interface

Period of Performance: 05/31/2000 - 11/30/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CHI Systems, Inc.
2250 Hickory Road Suite 150
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Principal Investigator


Sonar processing traditionally has provided the watchstander with a two dimensional display in which the user must make many decisions as to the variable parameters of the presentation. The proposed research addresses the need to ease the workload upon the watchstander and provide a more easily discernable subsurface view through the use of three dimensional presentations. CHI Systems intends to utilize the iGENtm product as the main feature of an intelligent display agent which is central to the research. The detection, classification and localization information will be presented to a watchstander in such a manner that personnel numbers can be reduced through artificial intelligence methodologies. The Phase I research is accomplished in five tasks and will result in a prototype of the Display Agent for Detection Augmentation (DADA). The DADA software architecture can be generalized and used for military and commercial (in aircraft and ships) radar systems both in operational scenarios and training. Additional commercialization uses include air traffic control to reduce the probability of accident.