Navy Collaborative Integrated Information Technology Initiative (NAVCIITI)
of the Advanced Communications and Information Technology (ACITC)

Office of Naval Research

Kenneth Reifsnider, Principle Investigator, 1998-2003
Warren Stutzman, Principle Investigator, 2003-2004

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Collaboration
NAVCIITI Task 2.1: Command & Control Visualization

CoPIs: Ron Kriz, Lance Arsenault, and John Kelso

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

"Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations we can perform without thinking about them."

                                                                    Alfred North Whitehead, 1911

Background: Our objective is to provide a distributed collaborative network of graphical and device independent tools in a shared virtual environment which can be used by Command and Control (C&C) personnel to gain a strategic advantage. In year-one we focused on cognitive processes that could be used in tactical decision making processes and the creation of shared collaborative virtual environments such as the CAVE Collaborative Console ( CCC). In year-two we focused on the mission critical C&C interpretation of acoustic undersea data from towed arrays for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) using the CONRAY simulation models. These simulation models can be extended to "real-time" data acquisition systems. Under the direction of personnel from NUWC and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) we have identified a working prototype, "MIX", which we have successfully incorporated into our Device Independent Virtual Environment Reconfigurable-Scalable-Extensible ( DIVERSE) tool that works in stereo in the (C)AVE Automated Virtual Environment (CAVE), Immersive Work Bench (IWB), Immersive Desk (I-Desk), desktop workstation simulator, and Head Mounted Display (HMD) systems at the Virginia Tech Center for Virtual Environments and Visualization (CVEV), hence the idea of "DIVE" (Device Independent Virtual Environment). The DIVE in DIVERSE provides the basis for collaborative C&C. In the third year this research has become part of the NUWC-TALOSS (Three-dimensional Advanced Localization-Observation Submarine System) project. A summary of the TALOSS project was compiled by our principal programmer, Mr. Fernando das Nevers, who is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science.

ONR BAA 98-014:

ONR BAA 00-007:

Supporting other NAVCIITI Tasks:
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Last Revision June 8, 2004