A-PuMPS: Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-026
Topic Title: A-PuMPS: Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System
Proposal No.: N181-026-0556
Firm: Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street
Suite 1400
Woburn, Massachusetts 1801
Contact: Webb Stacy
Phone: (781) 496-2437
Web Site: http://aptima.com
Abstract: The Navy seeks to leverage data science-based tools, methods, and principles to achieve a warfighting advantage over our enemies. For example, aggregate data regarding Warfighter proficiency could help the Navy to make better-informed decisions on topics such as curriculum redesign, simulator acquisitions, and weapons platform acquisitions. However, in order to create such a proactive and predictive decision capability, the Navy first needs to develop reliable, valid, and unobtrusive measures of Warfighter proficiency that can be collected during training. Additionally, the Navy needs to develop a ƒ?obig dataƒ?? infrastructure that can integrate the Warfighter proficiency dataƒ?"across squadrons, training events, missions/tasks, and timeƒ?"to identify meaningful trends that will guide decision making activities throughout the Naval command hierarchy. To address this critical need, Aptima will develop the Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System (A-PuMPS). When complete, A-PuMPS will contain two primary system components. The first component is training-focused; it will ingest streaming simulator data to develop reliable, valid, and unobtrusive measures of Warfighter proficiency during training. The second component is data science-focused. It will systematically merge, aggregate, de-identify, store, clean, fuse, visualize, and model the Warfighter proficiency data to support proactive, data science-driven decision making.
Benefits: The primary anticipated result is an integrated tool (A-PuMPS) that 1) collects real-time, unobtrusive measures of P-8 crewsƒ?T proficiency during training; and 2) aggregates the proficiency measures and other training-related dataƒ?"across squadrons, training events, missions/tasks, and timeƒ?"into a ƒ?obig dataƒ?? archive that will support proactive, data science-based decision making at multiple echelons of the Navy command hierarchy. A-PuMPS will support performance of work-related activities by numerous end users including 1) Navy instructors (to conduct more effective and efficient post-training debriefs); 2) squadron and wing Training officers (to better manage the proficiency and readiness of the Warfighters under their command); 3) NAWDC curriculum developers (to proactively identify needed changes to course curricula); 4) PMA-205 program managers (to better prioritize simulator acquisition decisions); and 5) N98 budget analysts (to better prioritize weapons system acquisition requests). Initially, A-PuMPS will focus on naval aviation training that uses a mix of live, virtual, and constructed training entities, with the goal of identifying opportunities to maximize Warfighter proficiency. Aptima believes that the commercial and transition potential of A-PuMPS is substantial, because a large number of commercial organizationsƒ?"such as commercial airlines and ground transportation companiesƒ?"face similar challenges with regard to maximizing human performance, safety, and organizational efficiency.

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