IMAGINE: Imagery Management through Agile, Geo-Interactive, Natural Embodiment

Period of Performance: 05/13/2013 - 05/12/2014


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator


Overhead imagery analysts employ computer-based software as Electronic Light Tables (ELTs), to perform detailed analysis of aerial images in search of elements of interest. Conventional display design for ELT software requires analysts to take their eyes away from the image they are analyzing to perform routine functions. This interaction overhead typically leads to losses in visual momentum and in situation and context awareness, and requires significant cognitive shifting, which all contribute to degraded performance. To overcome these challenges, an immersive and context-based method of interacting with overhead imagery software to support and improve visual search is needed. Aptima proposes to develop IMAGINE (Imagery Management through Agile, Geo-Interactive, Natural Embodiment), a tool and framework for interacting with imagery that leverages direct, embodied control beyond typical input devices. IMAGINE will be a multi-modal, naturalistic, and flexible environment that layers on top of existing software and that includes Control devices to supplement conventional mouse/keyboard input systems; A context-driven command and visualization model that will interact with imagery software to interpret the analyst s input based on current task and interaction environment; Output displays such as large screens or mobile device interfaces to complement and augment the computer screen-based visualization of imagery and its manipulation.