Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) Requirements Specification Authoring Tool

Period of Performance: 09/11/1991 - 09/11/1993


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ateam Corp.
4027 Col Glenn Hwy, Suite 400A
Dayton, OH 45431
Principal Investigator


This proposal applies expert system technology to aid in the complex and time consuming task of creating a request for proposal (RFP) for the development of automatic test equipment (ATE) in accordance with Modular Automatic Test Equipment (MATE) Handbooks, specifications and applicable Military Standards (MIL-STD). The problem of creating the automatic testing (AT) requirements specification is made larger by the nature of the acquisition process, the lack of knowledge regarding application of the MATE Handbooks, MIL-STDs, and the complexity of writing an RFP. The technical and user feasibility of the expert tailoring assistant for automatic testing requirements specification (ETAARS) was demonstrated during Phase I. Also demonstrated was an innovative computer aided authoring capability which allows updating ETAARS without writing a single line of program code. ETAARS will be used by program management personnel to create the RFP, SOW, Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL), Data Item Discriptions (DID) and source selection criteria. The resulting AT requirements specification adheres to MATE Handbook requirements and is tailored to the end user's prime system and automatic testing mission requirements. During an authoring session the RFP author responds to questions posed by ETAARS. Based on the author's responses, ETAARS automatically generates the SOW text, CDRL's, DIDs and source selection criteria.