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Charles River Analytics and Raytheon Solipsys selected to Develop Human Computer Interface Components for J-UCAS Common Operating System

In its role as the integrator/broker for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Common Operating Systems (COS), the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., has selected Raytheon Solipsys and Charles River Analytics to develop and evaluate software that will determine how people control and operate the J-UCAS COS.

The objective of the J-UCAS program is to develop and demonstrate an affordable, lethal, survivable and supportable unmanned combat air system to meet the operational needs of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The COS is being developed by a consortium-like business arrangement to provide the necessary software and services that will enable system functionality and provide it broad operational flexibility.

J-UCAS consortium members—The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation—will each design, build and demonstrate full-scale, flight-worthy air vehicles and mission control elements and integrate the COS into their respective air systems, the X-45C and the X-47B.

Acting as the integrator/broker and evaluating technologies for J-UCAS’ consortium-like business arrangement, APL is responsible for awarding contracts to a variety of technology contributors. These awards are the first of many anticipated opportunities for industry to participate in the development of the COS.

The Laurel, MD-based Raytheon Solipsys is a business unit of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. It provides command and control solutions for the joint war fighter. Under the J-UCAS COS Technology Contributor contract, it will provide human systems interface framework components for the COS using its Tactical Display Framework, a JAVA-based visualization system already used on several existing programs, including the Airborne Warning and Control System, Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft and the Future Surface Combatant Program.

Charles River Analytics, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, develops custom intelligent systems for a number of government, defense, intelligence and commercial customers, in their Cognitive Systems, Computer Vision Systems and Decision Management Systems divisions. Under this contract, the company will evaluate human computer interface systems of the COS during development and operational assessment to measure human computer interface effectiveness and to identify improvements for subsequent software builds.

“We are delighted to be a key player in this important transformational effort, bringing the advanced capabilities of J-UCAS to operational reality in the future battlespace,” said Charles River’s President Greg Zacharias. “Our support of the rapid spiral development of the J-UCAS COS interface will enable more effective designs in a shorter development period, and provide for greater capabilities of this revolutionary vision for human-system synergy.”

About Dr. Greg Zacharias: At Charles River Analytics, Dr. Zacharias provides strategic direction in projects in human behavior modeling and agent-based decision-support systems. Before founding Charles River, he was a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies, a Research Engineer at C.S. Draper Labs, and a USAF attaché for the Space Shuttle program at NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Zacharias has been a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors since 1995, and is currently co-chairing the NRC study “Organizational Models: From Individuals to Societies.” He is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory, and is a member of the Research Advisory Board of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Zacharias is also a member of the DoD Human Systems (HS) Technology Area Review and Assessment (TARA) Panel, the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and the Small Business Technology Coalition board of directors. He chairs the USAF Human System Wing Advisory Group for Brooks City Base, TX. Greg obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1977.

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