Absolute Cognitive WorklLoad (ACOWL)

Period of Performance: 05/11/2016 - 12/19/2016


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Advanced Infoneering, Inc.
1875 Wood Duck Ct. Array
North Liberty, IA 52317
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Iowa (Operator Perfor
Institution POC


The proposed work will lead to a body-worn, unobtrusive, rugged, and easy to use sensor kit and analysis software solution that will provide the Navy with reliable absolute workload measures of aircrew in real-world test and evaluation settings. We call this the ACOWL (Absolute Cognitive Work Load) system. The Navy currently has numerous new technologies in its roadmap which could have significant impact on aircrew workload. Among these are helmet mounted displays (HMDs) and night vision technology, Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) network and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA), F/A-18E/F/G System Configuration Set (SCS) upgrade to the H-12 SCS, Aircraft Life support systems such as Onboard Oxygen Generators (OBOGS), and the transition to Electronic Kneeboards (EKBs). ACOWL is a tool that, in combination with systems testing, will aid in the early discovery of usability issues in new aircrew systems. A research grade version of the proposed system is currently being flown in flight tests for NASA and DoD at the University of Iowa OPL. The team members include Advanced Infoneering, Inc. as the prime with the OPL as a subcontractor. Additionally, the Cleveland Defense Group is involved as a Naval Aviation Subject Matter Expertise provider.