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Impact Modeler: Model-based Impact Assessment and Prediction of Console Design Changes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-16-C-4007
Agency Tracking Number: N141-049-0644
Amount: $995,308.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-049
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-12-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-29
Small Business Information
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 2400
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
DUNS: 556397615
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 (540) 951-5901
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Research Institution

From Harmonias long experience on human factors, console design, and usability engineering we learned that we could bring about better HSI design if we could utilize a validated model and associated computer-based tool. Our proposed tool, ImpactModeler, fuses the many factors and data sources going into console design, to score usability. Furthermore our model and tool will predict the impact of design changes.We propose development of a model that has a good balance of analytical and predictive powers. The model would be based upon multiple inputs across as many aspects of the system as possible to be both comprehensive and tolerant of missing inputs. The output of the model is scoring of individual aspects of usability plus an aggregate score, along with a measure of the level of certainty for each score. ImpactModeler will apply to evaluation of actual physical consoles, or of virtual worlds representing a proposed console design supporting collaborative engineering and concept of operation exercises.

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