United States Navy, Coast Guard and "Other Agencies"
Over the course of 15 years performing Defense work, consulting services
were provided to over 100 different projects and programs. The programs
were both hardware and software based. In each case, the work was
focused on the analyzing and defining the end-user roles and requirements
and integrating them into the overall system design.
Tasking often included detailed engineering analysis, front-end user
requirements analysis and definition, system simulation and modeling,
proposal generation, and determination of project staffing requirements.
Systems ranged from small hand held Global Positioning System (GPS)
units to Command Center design and large scale image exploitation
and reporting facilities.
A sample of representative projects included the following efforts:
- AI Related Expert distributed database query system: Initiated
the company's first usability efforts at a defense consulting company
by developing the user interface specification for the natural language
front-end of an expert distributed database query system. Performed
periodic GUI heuristic analyses and usability evaluations as the
- PIGA QA Analysis: Task manager developing and implementing
a Quality Assurance program to gather and analyze data for performing
near real-time statistical automated test equipment monitoring.
Validated the methodology against the PIGA (Pulse Integrated Gyro
Accelerometer) test stations for the Trident/Poseidon submarine
navigation systems. Improved methods greatly reduced time and manpower
requirements for system monitoring and reduced the unnecessary rejection
of these very costly units.
- MIL-STD-1472c Expert System Design Aid: Program Manager
for the design, development, and implementation of an internal R&D,
IBM-PC based AI/Expert System. A self-initiated program, the purpose
of which was to design an expert system capable of applying the
design criteria and philosophies of MIL-STD-1472C to system front-end
analysis and system test and evaluation requirements. Development
remained on-schedule and ahead of budget.
- NDP Exploitation and Reporting System (classified): Multi-phased
program involving all aspects of user-system and user computer interface
design, large scale systems analysis, and extensive application
of skilled operator performance evaluation criteria. General Purpose
System Simulation (GPSS) modeling techniques were used extensively
in the development of a unique Image Analyst Work Station. Also
performed preliminary hazard analyses in support of custom computer
hardware being developed for the system.
- VDES (Voice Data Entry System): Application and implementation
of a dedicated Voice Data Entry Terminal to a population of relatively
novice computer users. Emphasis was on the engineering problems
associated with the design of the human-computer interface, especially
the areas of vocabulary selection, syntactic grammar parsing techniques,
training program derivation, multilingual user populations, and
high ambient environmental noise constraints.
- Performed computer simulation, computer modeling, and high level optimization of numerous industrial systems used for the manufacturing of military
parts. Systems included electronic board shop production facilities,
document production/publication facilities, and human task/workload
- Performed human reliability analyses for internal production facilities
at a major defense contractor using Nuclear Regulatory Commission
and modified Cooper-Harper subjective workload evaluation methodologies.
A comparison of alternate operational scenarios was used to quantify
potential increases in predicted human reliability.
- Provided a wide range of product design efforts to the Defense
Department in support of the following systems: MK-XV IFF, RF-4C
AN/APQ-99/162 Digital Scan Converting Radar Upgrade, HARM, Seafire
& AIM-9 Missiles development and maintenance programs, Drivers
Thermal Viewer, Commanders Independent Thermal Viewer, SUNS, ITARS,
GPS Range, GEPARD Tank Site, Ultra Reliable Radar, Eye patch FLIR,
ADTIS, Pedestal Mounted Stinger, Exo-Atmospheric Re-entry Impact
System, PWAAS, and additional special access / classified programs.
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