MSUIT - Multiple Simultaneous User Interface Technologies for C4I Systems

Period of Performance: 04/15/1999 - 01/15/2000

$90.4K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Info Valley Corp.
1027 Valley Forge RoadSuite 83
Devon, PA 19333
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Advances in information technologies are significantly impacting present and future military operations. Computer systems are becoming complex for a single user to effectively operate. Multi-user systems seem to have a solution where a team of operators can work simultaneously accessing various types of information. The objective of the project is to study issues and find solution for multi-user interactions with single display systems. InfoValley proposes to study specific needs of user community at the sponsor's lab to understand the requirements clearly and investigate state of the art technologies either available or being developed at the academic institutions and research labs. This pursuit is to identify innovative techniques for supporting multi-user/multi-input interfaces. The desired interface should allow users to simultaneously interact with a large display that is serving as a user interface to various complex systems displaying information to a team of users. Exploration of non-conventional user-interfaces, multi-user applications and their underlying technologies appear to have applicable techniques. Findings of this research effort will be methodologies for concurrent interactions with a complex system, paving the way for developing a middleware component, MSUIT, that can be integrated with an application, transforming single-user/single-input systems into multi-user/multi-input systems.