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Department of Information Sciences Research

These are some of the IS Department's research projects.

C3F Science Advisor
Forcenet Innovation & Research Enterprise (FIRE)
Edison VKR TXC Web Service Integration
Center for Edge Power
Acquisition Research Program
Joint Intelligence Virtual University (JIVU)
Employing Community Models to Deliver Valued Information at the Right Time (VIRT)
Community Models, Model-based Communication, and VIRT
High Precision UAV Target Location Refinement Experiment
Terrain Database Generation Product Publication
Coalition Operating Area Surveillance and Targeting System (COASTS)
Iraqi Enrollment Voice Authentication Program (IEVAP)
Collaborative Competence
Management Value Added
KVA+RO Analysis of Open Architecture Approach
KVA+RO Software Implementation
Cognitive Task Analysis Of Intelligence Analysts
Adaptive Architectures For Command And Control
Joint Intelligence Interoperability Board System Baseline Assessment Project (JSBA)

C3F Science Advisor
Lead
Richard A. Kimmel
Sponsor
Office of Naval Research
Objective
Sea Trial Experimentation Coordination; Maritime Homeland Defense C4I Tactical Improvements; SPARTAN SCOUT Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD); ASW Distributed Netted Sensors (DNS) Program Strategy
Forcenet Innovation & Research Enterprise (FIRE)
Lead
R. William Maule
Sponsor
NETWARCOM
Objective
Develop enterprise information system to support NNWC experimentation.
Edison VKR TXC Web Service Integration
Lead
R. William Maule
Sponsor
SPAWAR
Objective
Integrate EDISON enterprise service with TXC web service.
Center for Edge Power
Lead
Mark E. Nissen
Sponsor
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense--Networks and Information Integration
Objective
The primary objective of this research is to foster, coordinate and promote multidisciplinary research on all elements of network-centric operations (e.g., including concepts, organization, command and control, management, doctrine, personnel, technology).
Acquisition Research Program
Lead
Mark E. Nissen
Sponsor
NPS Acquisition Research Program
Objective
The primary objective of this research is to advance the state of the art and knowledge pertaining to organizing for Defense acquisition.
Joint Intelligence Virtual University (JIVU)
Lead
John Van Hise
Sponsor
National Security Agency, Associate Director of Education and Training
Objective
The Naval Postgraduate School will develop, instruct and distribute graduate level courseware via the Joint Intelligence Virtual University for the Intelligence Community and operational active and reserve forces worldwide using classified and unclassified network communications.
Employing Community Models to Deliver Valued Information at the Right Time (VIRT)
Lead
Rick Hayes-Roth
Sponsor
Naval Postgraduate School
Objective
Information superiority requires that decision-makers spend most of their available time considering and exploiting valuable information, but net-centric technologies have produced an information glut that degrades productivity. In this project we aim to create a generic enterprise service (VIRT) that delivers valued information at the right time to each person and agent. This reduces the amount of time spent on low-value information, increases the time spent on high-value information, and significantly improves the productivity of war fighters.
Community Models, Model-based Communication, and VIRT
Lead
Rick Hayes-Roth
Sponsor
Navy, PEO IWS/CEC
Objective
The research will look for outstanding opportunities to prototype, demonstrate, and evaluate relevant semantic models and related methods through collaboration with the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program. In particular, we will attempt to enhance and improve their efforts related to horizontal fusion, and other appropriate experiments and programs. The principal investigator will attempt to stimulate wider NPS interest in these topics, especially through related working groups within the newly formed World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG), initiated by NPS.
High Precision UAV Target Location Refinement Experiment
Lead
Wolfgang Baer
Sponsor
NPS/CDTEMS
Objective
Preparation, integration, and participation of a system capable of refining the location of a UAV identified target specifying the location of potential targets in a UAV video data stream.
Terrain Database Generation Product Publication
Lead
Wolfgang Baer
Sponsor
TRADOC Analysis Command
Objective
Provide tutorial and demonstration packages for the Perspective View Nascent Technology(PVNT) Perspective View and Terrain Database Generation System toolkit on sample 16x16 km area of Ft. Hood, TX and deliver a terrain database.
Coalition Operating Area Surveillance and Targeting System (COASTS)
Lead
James Ehlert
Sponsor
OSD, USPACOM, U.S. Air Force (USAF) Force Protection Battlelab, Others
Objective
Achieve maximum awareness of potential threats; Deter, Intercept, and defeat threats at a safe distance; Improve national and international capabilities for force protection, command and control, and communication.
Iraqi Enrollment Voice Authentication Program (IEVAP)
Lead
James Ehlert
Sponsor
OSD, Defense Language Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biometric Fusion Center, NPS
Objective
The purpose of this OSD sponsored research is to create a system using existing commercial off the shelf (COTS) technologies from Nuance Communications, Inc. -- in order to help manage detention visitation at the Abu Ghraib Detention Facility while collecting/verifying voiceprints of visitors and detainees to help identify high target individuals.
Collaborative Competence
Lead
Thomas J. Housel
Sponsor
PEO IWS
Objective
The group collaborative competence methodology is a work in progress. The research is based on a model for collaborative competence which is undergoing refinement. There is a survey instrument based on this model that has been used in preliminary data collection. However, there is a need for a larger data set requiring further data collection from groups using collaborative technology (preferably a common collaborative product). The larger data set will allow estimates of the reliability of the tool and further refinement of the tool.
Management Value Added
Lead
Thomas J. Housel
Sponsor
PEO IWS
Objective
The goal of this research is to provide a method for estimating the value added by management, at any level, throughout the system life cycle. It will require a complete KVA analysis of the given processes within which the management operates. The GaussSoft KVA tool will be used to set up ongoing monitoring of process performance which is required as part of the methodology for estimating management's value added. We will focus on the use the OA approach in developing the DDX situational awareness (SA) module within the surface domain. The results of this original research will include: a method for estimating the value added by management, input to the KVA software tool suite developer (i.e., GaussSoft, Inc.), monitoring feedback on management performance, educational-training cases for OA management, and papers for academic and practitioner journals and conferences (i.e., NPS Acquisition Conference May 06).
KVA+RO Analysis of Open Architecture Approach
Lead
Thomas J. Housel
Sponsor
PEO IWS
Objective
The KVA + RO analysis will be used to estimate the value, risk, and uncertainty of the strategic, tactical, and operational options enabled through the use of the OA approach. RO analysis will use the raw data inputs from the KVA analysis to establish the parameters of the RO models.
KVA+RO Software Implementation
Lead
Thomas J. Housel
Sponsor
SPAWAR (Third Expeditionary Strike Group)
Objective
The long-term goal is to implement a fleet wide decision support methodology and software tool set to assist in monitoring the performance of intelligence systems (e.g., carry-on cryptological systems – CCOPS).
Cognitive Task Analysis Of Intelligence Analysts
Lead
Susan Hutchins
Sponsor
Office of Naval Research
Objective
A cognitive task analysis (CTA) of intelligence analysts was conducted with students at NPS to understand the cognitively challenging aspects of the intelligence analysis process. Results of the CTA were used to support development of a model of the analyst's processes, biases, and strategies and develop tools to support the analysis process. Prototype systems to aid intelligence analysts (IAs), developed by research associates at Palo Alto Research Center, were empirically evaluated with students at NPS. A tool to provide computer support for collaborative intelligence analysis, based on Richards Heuer's process was experimentally tested. The tool is designed to support development of hypotheses and weighting evidence that supports the hypotheses.
Adaptive Architectures For Command and Control
Lead
Susan Hutchins
Sponsor
Office of Naval Research
Objective
The Adaptive Architectures for Command and Control (A2C2) research program integrates optimization, modeling, and simulation- based research efforts with psychology-based and experimental activities. Our emphasis at NPS is on evaluating model-based organizational designs through human-in-the-loop experimentation. The A2C2 research team is engaged in a program to support the analysis and design of ESG-1 command structures based on interactions with RADM LeFever, Expeditionary Warfare (N75), and BGEN Schmidle, USMC, Expeditionary Force Development Center. The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is a versatile military organization, designed to effectively handle missions as diverse as air warfare, tactical ballistic missile defense, and maritime interdiction operations. Over the past several years, ESG organizations have allocated command responsibilities in several ways, each permutation affecting organizational dynamics. The A2C2 program is using model-based experimentation to investigate the congruence of organizational structure with mission requirements.
Joint Intelligence Interoperability Board System Baseline Assessment Project (JSBA)
Lead
Richard A. Kimmel
Sponsor
Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) J8/Joint Staff J2P
Objective
This research program supports a broad range of Joint Intelligence Interoperability Board (JIIB) program needs: system architecture requirements, interoperability, systems integration, process modeling, data collection and analysis, and reporting. This project encompasses a full systems engineering program, including current and optimized architecture definitions, operational evaluation, interoperability studies, and system/process/human factor interactions. These activities are carried out through requirements analysis, process modeling, operational modeling and simulation, a series of workshops, operational technical assessments, and operations analysis. The program does provide thesis opportunities and is supported by students involved in various academic groups.

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