M-PRIMUS: Mission Planning for Resources in Integrated Mixed Undersea Systems
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-061
Topic Title: M-PRIMUS: Mission Planning for Resources in Integrated Mixed Undersea Systems
Proposal No.: N181-061-0992
Firm: Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b/a SIFT
319 1st Ave North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Contact: Ugur Kuter
Phone: (301) 943-7231
Web Site: http://www.sift.net
Abstract: SIFT proposes to develop M-PRIMUS (Mission Planning for Resources in Integrated Mixed Undersea Systems), a suite of human-system interaction and intelligent decision-support tools, to make the growing capabilities of tactical AUSs accessible to Navy mission planning commanders and operators. SIFT brings a substantial array of state-of-the-art technology to bear on M-PRIMUS: (1) Playbook HSI will enable mission commanders to rapidly and flexibly convey their intent and maintain global awareness of multiple mixed manned and unmanned undersea, (2) SHOP2 will generate effective tasking of manned and unmanned assets within the acceptable boundaries of the commandersâ?T intent and global usage of resources, (3) THOR will provide alternative COAs by repairing mission plans, (4) MURPHY will generate critiques and explanations of how mission plans can fail, and (5) LOCI will serve both as a testbed for plan evaluation and as a subsequent interface for existing Navy legacy systems. In sum, M-PRIMUS will significantly empower TUSW mission planners by distributing manned and unmanned resources effectively across plans and across different missions, enabling them to improve total mission quality and force effectiveness and reducing the risk to manned units as the risks will already be analyzed and mitigated by M-PRIMUS before they are realized.
Benefits: M-PRIMUS aims to help commanders and operators understand operational requirements and plans to leverage both manned and unmanned units and thus, make better decisions by providing decision-support for the best course of actions (COAs) based on the capabilities of the available manned units and their autonomous assets. As UxV technologies are developed, the need for effective human-UxV collaboration techniques is becoming critical for realistic deployment. Effective and innovative human-automation interaction and mission planning is one of SIFT's core business areas. SIFTâ?Ts work on M-PRIMUS will be commercialized in two thrusts. The first thrust is direct transition of the product into NAVSEA platforms, covered Transition Plan Summary in our proposal. SIFT does not intend to charge the Navy for use of the M-PRIMUS product. Rather, the value to M-PRIMUS is the ability to point to fielded application of the M-PRIMUS technology, something that no competitors are able to do. The second thrust is application of the M-PRIMUS technology in alternate UxV domains, principally UAV applications. The rationale is simple: the UAV market is estimated to be seven times larger than the UUV market at the conclusion of the Phase II effort.

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