Applying Advanced Human Engineering Methods to Mission Planning for Multi-Manned or Unmanned Air Vehicles
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-019
Topic Title: Applying Advanced Human Engineering Methods to Mission Planning for Multi-Manned or Unmanned Air Vehicles
Proposal No.: N141-019-1041
Firm: Monterey Technologies, Inc.
24600 Silver Cloud Court
Suite 103
Monterey, California 93940-6536
Contact: Glenn Osga
Phone: (619) 993-4919
Web Site:
Abstract: The project goal is developing a modern, useable, and intuitive user interface (UI) for the Navy's Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) weapons strike planning user community. Monterey Technologies, Inc. (MTI) will use human factors engineering (HFE) best practices and the Agile development process to conduct a front-end analysis of the JMPS strike weapons planning process following MTI's user-centered design (UCD) approach. Steps include conducting a JMPS weapons planning process task analysis, conducting a heuristic evaluation of the JMPS user interface, and documenting the strike planner workload/workflow processes. Following this UCD process, MTI will use the analysis results to develop low fidelity UI concepts using a wire frame model approach, followed by higher fidelity story boards, and conduct walkthroughs of these wire frame models with Navy JMPS strike planner Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to refine the UI's to ensure they contain the required functionality, are intuitive and easy to manipulate, and that they produce the needed output while significantly reducing planning time. MTI HFEs will leverage modern UI concepts such as found in current smart phones and tablet technology to refine the new JMPS UI concept, and develop a software plan for prototype development in the Phase 2 project.
Benefits: The benefit is developing a modern, intuitive UI for the JMPS tactical strike planning process that will save significant planning time, reduce errors, reduce re-planning time, produce higher quality plans and result in making JMPS a tool that is useable. Navy JMPS users are the initial application. Follow-on applications include all Air Force JMPS users, migrating the tool to Army aviation to replace PFPS and Falconview, and eventually migrating the tool to non-DoD agencies such as the Coast Guard, DHS/FEMA and international relief organizations for use in disaster relief planning