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Human Factors Research Conducted under the COMDAT Technology Demonstrator Project

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Final rept.

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The purpose of the Command Decision Aiding Technology COMDAT Technology Demonstrator Project TDP was to research and demonstrate multi-source data fusion MSDF technologies and carry out human factors HF studies to support upgrades to the Halifax Class Command and Control System CCS, in the area of battle space awareness. Since the requisite HF knowledge to support this TDP did not exist, the HF component included the generation of the founding knowledge necessary for decision aid development in future projects. The major work items included 1 the conduct of cognitive and functional task analyses to define the information requirements of the major Operations Room positions on Halifax Class ships 2 the development of human-in-the-loop measures of performance in order to evaluate strategies for conducting performance evaluations, define current performance in the Operations Room, and evaluate technologies including MSDF 3 recommendations for improvements to human computer interfaces in the existing CCS and the Technology Demonstrator TD 4 the development of a concept of operations for user involvement in MSDF and 5 support for an evaluation of operator-system picture compilation performance using the final TD. The detailed results of the HF work have been published in a series of reports over the course of the project which lasted from June 2000 to March 2007. This final report provides a summary of the reports along with related material that informed and supplemented this work, some lessons learned, and recommendations for future work. Overall, we have a better understanding of the usefulness of the methods that were investigated as well as considerably more knowledge about the information requirements and processes involved in building the tactical picture in the Halifax Class Operations Room.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science
  • Psychology

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