Tool for Modeling and Analysis of Distributed Decision-Making Systems

Period of Performance: 02/19/1999 - 02/19/2001

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Topics

Abstract

The Navy is moving rapidly toward deployed systems that increase use of automation while dramatically reducing manning, as in the Surface Combatant of the 21st century, or SC-21 ship. With more (and more intelligent) automation and fewer people, these future systems (and retrofitted existing systems) will place more emphasis on human cognitive performance, and will require new organizational designs that are optimized for the thinking, rather than the manual, role of humans. This project is meeting this requirement by incorporating state-of-art technology from cognitive science into the system and organization design process. Phase I extended the COGNET methodology, used to design information/decisions systems and interfaces to meet individual cognitive requirements, to an team-level technique called ORGNET, used for designing/redesigning teams and organizational structures to meet the decision/cognitive processing required across the team. Phase I also designed and began implementation of a software tool, called the Program for Redesigning Organizations or PRO, which guides, aids, and supports the use of the ORGNET techniques. Phase II will fully implement, test, and develop a demonstration application of PRO and ORGNET, and in the option, will integrate PRO with the SC-21 design-tool environment.