background image

We have produced full scale military situational awareness systems, aviation software, wearable computers, video conferencing displays, as well as various medical devices used by physicians, nurses, and patients.

Our current projects include interfaces for autonomous (unmanned) ground and air vehicles as well as ergonomic consulting for work station design.

ContegoView - Threat awareness mobile application

Threat awareness mobile application

  • Customer: ContegoView, Inc.
  • Period of Performance: 2015
  • We are working with ContegoView, Inc. to develop unique mobile applications for disseminating and visualizing critical threat related information to end users.


U.S. Marines - Development of an HSI Module and Material-Design Software

Development of an HSI Module and Material-Design Software to Support Concurrent Design Concept Exploration

  • Customer: U.S. Marines
  • Period of Performance: 2014 – 2015
  • Under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract, HF Designworks is developing a plug in module that provides human system interface (HSI) data to developers. This module will be able to provide HSI inputs at the early design stages to help ensure HSI domains are incorporated into the design. The initial primary benefit of this tool will be the creation of a useful and usable module to support end users (systems engineers and trade space analysts) in evaluating potential designs [i.e., analysis of alternatives (AoA)].


U.S. Navy - Operational Console Modernization Tool

Operational Console Modernization Tool

  • Customer: U.S. Navy
  • Period of Performance: 2014 – 2015
  • Under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract, HF Designworks is evaluating workstation consoles on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and developing the necessary tools for evaluating human performance in terms of console design changes. This work is in support of future console modernization needs.


Veteran’s Health Administration - Human Factors Support

Veteran’s Health Administration Human Factors Support

  • Customer: VHA
  • Period of Performance: 2013 – 2015
  • HF Designworks working together with Centretech Healthcare and Applied Decision Science are supporting the VA in a multi-year contract to provide usability studies, heuristic evaluations, and software design guidelines and inputs for a variety of VA medical software tools.


DARPA Insight

DARPA Insight

  • Customer: DARPA
  • Period of Performance: 2013 – 2015
  • HF Designworks is supporting BAE Systems in an effort to greatly simplify the work of intelligence analysts who manually process massive volumes of complex data from multiple sources. This work supports Phase 2 of DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) INSIGHT program, for which BAE Systems was awarded an $80 million contract. Analysts currently lack a system to help automatically process, evaluate, and correlate different data types, such as video, communications signals, human intelligence, and output from various sensors. For time-critical mission decisions, today’s process of making connections among intelligence source data is time consuming and inadequate.

    By contrast, the INSIGHT system will serve users across various defense organizations and command echelons by automatically fusing data from their various sensors and using algorithms to discover and predict behaviors of possible threats. The system will analyze this multi-source data and convert it to useable intelligence in a process known as exploitation. For unprecedented seamless tracking abilities, the system will automatically manage tasking sensors. HF Designworks is providing human factors support to the group and will assist the group in maturing the system by adding capabilities to integrate information from sources including space, air, sea, and ground sensors, human reports, and intelligence repositories. In addition, the system will serve more operational environments, such as mobile missile hunts, counter insurgency, wide-area security, countering integrated air defense systems. It will also serve more echelons of command beyond tactical brigades and battalions.


UAS in the NAS Marine Shadow

UAS in the NAS

  • Customer: NASA
  • Period of Performance: 2012 – 2014
  • HF Designworks is supporting NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in meeting the goals of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System, or UAS in the NAS. This effort seeks to fill key gaps in the current NASA research and technology portfolio in the areas of modeling and simulation, separation assurance and sense and avoid, systems analysis, certification and test techniques for unmanned aircraft systems. Current Federal Aviation Administration safety of flight rules and certification standards were written with the assumption of having a pilot aboard the aircraft. These standards limit operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace. The goal of NASA's UAS in the NAS project is to reduce technical barriers related to the safety and operational challenges associated with enabling routine access for unmanned aircraft systems to the NAS.

    As part of this effort, HF Designworks is reviewing the latest UAS advances, exploring advanced waypoint navigation and autopilot technologies, and investigating possible applications of our previously-developed heat mapping tools to the UAS realm. HFDW recently obtained a DJI Phantom quadcopter UAV to perform in-house research and experimentation with new technologies and heat mapping capabilities.


TransApps

TransApps

  • Customer: DARPA
  • Period of Performance: 2012 – 2014
  • As part of DARPA’s TransApps (TA) program and leveraging functionality from our iWarrior tool, we assisted in the development of a framework by which multiple vendors could independently develop applications and features. These applications and features were then combined to form the BLOX program, and later the TA Maps program. Today our heat mapping and map navigation features from the web based TA Maps program are being used by US forces in Afghanistan, as well as our My Heat Maps Android plugin and a custom-designed multi-language calendar app, developed to foster cultural sensitivity.

    Our heat map work has recently received attention from the Department of Homeland Security as well as various unmanned aircraft and ground control station manufacturers as it takes historical data that was previously being unused, and turning it into visual information that is informative and valuable to the end user. Additionally, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) requested that we present our work taking digital data and displaying it to end users to reduce cognitive workload and aid decision making at the 2013 Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) conference.


Marquette General Health System Task Analyses

Marquette General Health System Task Analyses

  • Customer: Marquette General Hospital
  • Period of Performance: 2012
  • HFDW performed task analyses, software evaluations, and user interviews in an effort to capture high priority challenges and make recommendations for a path forward. As a result we then developed user interface concepts for an electronic patient monitoring system, which could be a native iOS application, suitable for an iPad.

Universal Ground Control Station

Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS)

  • Customer: Aviation and Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
  • Period of Performance: 2009 – 2012
  • HF Designworks is supporting AMRDEC to develop the next generation Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) that will be able to control multiple types of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). While software capabilities will be configurable based on asset type, the hardware will be usable for a variety of aircraft. HF Designworks is currently tasked with developing checklists and the Graphical User Interface (GUI) that will drive these checklists for the UGCS as well as assisting with a joystick control study utilizing multi modal inputs (i.e., force feedback/haptics).

Distributed Team Workload Assessment Tool

Distributed Team Workload Assessment Tool

  • Customer: Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Period of Performance: 2011
  • Under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract, HF Designworks is developing a tool that can accurately assess the workload of a networked team striving to complete a critical task or mission.

Capturing Insights from Firefights to Improve Training

Capturing Insights from Firefights to Improve Training

  • Customer: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Period of Performance: 2009 – 2014
  • Under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract, HF Designworks compiled and evaluated fatality data, performed modeling and simulation for common combat scenarios, and interviewed Soldiers to identify key environments and times for Soldier fatalities, as well as methods for reducing combat-related Soldier fatalities. This DARPA work involved identifying how enemy tactics such as the use of IEDs impacts current Soldier fatalities which we are currently using as we develop a concept for reducing combat related fatalities. Results from Phase I have been shared with Soldiers, Army and Marine leaders, the Pentagon, TRADOC, and DARPA. We also had our work presented on the Army Knowledge Online website, the MANPRINT practitioner’s conference, Military Operations Research Society, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and in National Defense magazine. We are currently working on Phase II; developing systems to push critical and relevant information to the ground Soldier based on location and role.

More information.


MQ-9 Reaper Maintenance Mapping

MQ-9 Reaper Maintenance Mapping

  • Customer: Alion Science and Technology, Inc.
  • Period of Performance: 2010
  • HF Designworks, Inc. staff develop maintenance maps for all high level Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) within the MQ-9 Reaper UAS as well as identified human factors, system safety, health, manpower, personnel, and training issues associated with applicable LRUs and maintenance activities.

Wealth Monkey User Interface Evaluation

Wealth Monkey User Interface Evaluation

  • Customer: Optimize Now
  • Period of Performance: 2010
  • HF Designworks has been working with Optimize Now to improve the user interface of their software application and now web based product. We have evaluated their products, clarified functionality and enabled a better user experience.

Autonomous Navigation System

Autonomous Navigation System (ANS)

  • Customer: Army (FCS)
  • Period of Performance: 2003 – 2009
  • The next generation Autonomous Navigation System was developmented for the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) program. HF Designworks assisted with the human factors integration effort for system design and maintenance. The FCS ANS is fully ruggedized for harsh conditions and contains exchangeable component modules for ease of repair. The integration of the ANS onto a selected group of vehicle platforms will allow the vehicles to move semi-autonomously or be teleoperated by a remote operator.

MQ-9 Reaper Human Factors Maintainability Evaluation

MQ-9 Reaper Human Factors Maintainability Evaluation

  • Customer: General Atomics
  • Period of Performance: 2006 – 2008
  • HF Designworks, Inc. staff conducted usability evaluations of the maintenance required foe the MQ-9 Reaper UAS. Tasks included task analysis, documentation (i.e., IETMs, TMs, etc.) review, maintenance personnel interviews, and aircraft and facility inspections. Analysis resulted in recommendations for equipment updates, labeling revisions, and alterations for select tasks so improve maintainability for MQ-9 personnel.

Next Generation Mobile Phone Interfaces

Next Generation Mobile Phone Interfaces

  • Customer: Kyocera Wireless
  • Period of Performance: 01/2008 – 4/2009
  • HF Designworks, Inc. staff performed usability studies of mobile phone interfaces for the development of next generation mobile devices. HF Designworks helped develop hardware and software interfaces taking into consideration button size, button feel, spacing, footprint, and software menu structures.