Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning (E-SAIL)
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-028
Topic Title: Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning (E-SAIL)
Proposal No.: N141-028-0555
Firm: Applied Research in Acoustics LLC
1222 4th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024-2302
Contact: Jason Summers
Phone: (202) 629-9716
Web Site: www.ariacoustics.com
Abstract: To address the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training challenge of teaching Navy sonar operators advanced concepts and tactical-system operation in complex environments given constraints on training and compressed training cycles, Applied Research in Acoustics LLC (ARiA) will develop and evaluate the feasibility of E-SAIL, the Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning. Among the greatest challenges of training Navy sonar operators for the "incredibly difficult" task of sonar-system operation and employment is, first, helping them understand and internalize the relationships between phenomena observed on the sonar tactical displays and the corresponding phenomena and environmental conditions in the physical world and, second, helping sonar operators understand how, in practice, this knowledge of the mapping between the two domains can be utilized to improve tactical-system employment. E-SAIL addresses this problem by coupling intuitive three-dimensional visualizations of the ground-truth tactical situation and environmental data with real-time interactive rendering of recorded and simulated sonar data to provide operators with an understanding of complex environmental and tactical situations. In E-SAIL the presentation of and interface to visualizations and the underlying modeling and simulation is adapted to proficiency and learning-style of trainees, ensuring effective learning experiences for all operators.
Benefits: The visual reconstruction capability for Navy sonar systems to be developed in this work will advance the state-of-the-art, significantly improve Navy ASW proficiency for training and operational use through intuitive visual animations that improve ASW proficiency of sonar operators through enhanced classroom and on-board training. This enhanced capability can be achieved across sonar tactical systems as the E-SAIL hardware-agnostic software tool can be integrated with surface-ship tactical systems such as the AN/SQQ89A(V)15 and its SAST and SPPFS functional segments.