NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 O3.04-9160
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Mission Operations
PROPOSAL TITLE: Intelliviz – An Intelligent Telemetry Data Visualization Assistant.

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
951 Mariner's Island Blvd., STE 360
San Mateo, CA 94404 - 1585
(650) 931-2700

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James C. Ong
951 Mariner's Island Blvd, Ste. 360
San Mateo, CA 94404 - 1585
(650) 931-2700

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 1 to 2

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Future space programs will require extensive monitoring of complex, highly instrumented systems such as the Orion spacecraft and lunar/Martian habitats. However, future missions will carry crews far from Earth, so they will need to operate with much greater independence and assume many system management functions currently carried out by flight controllers. Intelligent automation of telemetry data monitoring and system control can provide much of the autonomy needed. However, automation alone will not be enough. To handle tasks and situations that cannot be fully delegated to automation software, future flight controllers and crew must be able to monitor, review and interpret voluminous and complex telemetry data quickly to maintain necessary levels of situations awareness and make critical decisions rapidly and accurately.

We propose to develop Intelliviz, an intelligent telemetry data visualization assistant that will create data visualizations automatically to reduce the effort and difficulty of specifying and constructing effective telemetry data visualizations. To infer the user's analysis goals from user actions, events, and state conditions, Intelliviz will encode and apply systems management expertise comprised of model-based knowledge of the spacecraft in combination with heuristic knowledge that relates symptoms to possible causes and diagnostic strategies. To select display methods and configure effective displays, Intelliviz will use case-based reasoning to encode and apply data visualization design expertise. Each case will encode a solution to a prototypical data visualization design problem described by data characteristics, user analysis goals, and user preferences.

During this Phase I project, we will specify user interface and functional requirements, create representative use cases, design the Phase II system, and develop and evaluate a proof-of-concept prototype to illustrate our approach and demonstrate its utility and feasibility.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Intelliviz can be used during missions to create data displays on the fly to support the user's current tasks and analysis goals that are inferred or stated explicitly. In addition, Intelliviz can be used to help users create and extend libraries of parameterized data displays ahead of time that each handle anticipated mission tasks and situations. Intelliviz can also be used to support scenario-based training by generating graphical data displays that help trainees develop mental models of spacecraft systems to support diagnostic reasoning.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
We will market Intelliviz to support the management of other types of complex real-time situations and systems where rapid interpretation, diagnosis and recovery are needed. Example applications include military command, control, and mission planning systems, knowledge management systems for intelligence analysis, civilian emergency operations centers for incident management, computer systems and communications networks, and safety-critical or high-value manufacturing operations.

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.

Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Expert Systems
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Telemetry, Tracking and Control

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