NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 A3.01-8442
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Next Generation Air-Traffic Management Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:Debugging and Event Tracing for Multi-Agent Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville ,MD 20855 - 2785
(301) 294 - 5200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vikram    Manikonda
vikram@i-a-i.com
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD  20855 -2785
(301) 294 - 5245

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Large-scale agent systems have become key tools in modeling and simulation tools such as NASA's Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES), an agent-based simulation of the National Airspace System (NAS). However, existing tools for single host debugging and analysis do not address the problem of understanding large distributed systems consisting of thousands of autonomous and independent agents. In this Phase I effort, we propose a distributed debugging and event tracing capability for multi-agent systems advancing the state of the art in development tools for distributed systems. This capability will dramatically reduce the time and effort required to understand and diagnose the behavior of complex, distributed applications. With the proposed innovation, the build and test development cycle for ACES will be dramatically reduced, enabling more functionality to be added in the form of toolboxes with less time spent in expensive system level testing. This will allow more future concepts to be evaluated with ACES in a shorter time ? meeting a critical need for customers such as the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in their development and analysis of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) concepts using ACES.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The initial target customer of the proposed toolset and capability is NASA's CTO7 ACES program and ACES users such as the AwCNS program. The resultant software will be directly integrated in the CybelePro framework as part of IAI's agent system development product line and provided to NASA users.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The proposed system debugging capability will be directly marketed to private industry, the government, and universities engaged in development of distributed systems in need of such a debugging capability. The distributed debugging and analysis tools will be supplied to existing DoD CybelePro users and applications for mobile ad-hoc network modeling, battle command and C2 systems, and distributed robotic teams.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Software Development Environments
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation


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