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A virtual environment for modeling and testing sensemaking with multisensor information
Author(s): Denise Nicholson; Kathleen Bartlett; Robert Hoppenfeld; Margaret Nolan; Sae Schatz
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Paper Abstract

Given today’s challenging Irregular Warfare, members of small infantry units must be able to function as highly sensitized perceivers throughout large operational areas. Improved Situation Awareness (SA) in rapidly changing fields of operation may also save lives of law enforcement personnel and first responders. Critical competencies for these individuals include sociocultural sensemaking, the ability to assess a situation through the perception of essential salient environmental and behavioral cues, and intuitive sensemaking, which allows experts to act with the utmost agility. Intuitive sensemaking and intuitive decision making (IDM), which involve processing information at a subconscious level, have been cited as playing a critical role in saving lives and enabling mission success. This paper discusses the development of a virtual environment for modeling, analysis and human-in-the-loop testing of perception, sensemaking, intuitive sensemaking, decision making (DM), and IDM performance, using state-of-the-art scene simulation and modeled imagery from multi-source systems, under the “Intuition and Implicit Learning” Basic Research Challenge (I2BRC) sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). We present results from our human systems engineering approach including 1) development of requirements and test metrics for individual and integrated system components, 2) the system architecture design 3) images of the prototype virtual environment testing system and 4) a discussion of the system’s current and future testing capabilities. In particular, we examine an Enhanced Interaction Suite testbed to model, test, and analyze the impact of advances in sensor spatial, and temporal resolution to a user’s intuitive sensemaking and decision making capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9071, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV, 90710F (29 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050780
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Denise Nicholson, MESH Solutions, LLC – A DSCI Co. (United States)
Kathleen Bartlett, MESH Solutions, LLC – A DSCI Co. (United States)
Robert Hoppenfeld, DSCI (United States)
Margaret Nolan, MESH Solutions, LLC – A DSCI Co. (United States)
Sae Schatz, DSCI (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9071:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels; Gary H. Ballard; James A. Buford; R. Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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