01 Oct

Decision Support Systems

  • Intelligent Software Applications

The right interpretation of the right information at the right time

The ability to take efficient, correct actions depends on having access to the right interpretation of the right information at the right time. S[&]T develops technologies that provide advice and increase your awareness and understanding of a complex world at all levels, from sensor data to mission goals. Among others, S[&]T has created or contributed to decision support systems for astronauts on planetary missions, command-and-control information discovery systems for defence, and sensor fusion systems for navigation. The techniques we use range from proven classics such as rule-based expert systems and Kalman filtering, to the latest advances in semantic reasoning.

Key Aspects

  • Sensor fusion, aggregation, interpretation
  • Procedure execution and monitoring
  • Semantic data analysis
  • Human-machine e-partnerships
  • Networked, collaborative agents

Example project: SCOPE

SCOPE: Initially developed for the European Space Agency ESA, SCOPE is a generic software framework for creating applications or services that support humans in the efficient and correct execution of checklists, procedures and tasks. Users are guided by the SCOPE application through the execution of nested sequences of steps. These steps can contain links to documentation and multimedia reference material, but also to virtual control panels that allow the user to directly control a software or hardware component. Alarm management and diagnostic functionality can also be integrated. SCOPE can be used for operational as well as for training purposes in a wide variety of situations. It can easily be adapted to a specific domain and is an excellent example of decision support through "the right information at the right time".

Example project: MECA

Astronauts on long duration missions (e.g. to the Moon or Mars) will be facing enormous challenges in dealing with complex, unknown, and hazardous situations. A successful mission requires vast increases in autonomy and self-reliance on the part of the both the crew and their software support systems. For the European Space Agency's MECA research project, S[&]T as tech lead helped develop the architecture and design for an electronic partner that provides increased situational awareness and decision support to the crew. MECA prototypes have been field-tested in a number of terrestrial mission simulation projects, such as MARS-500 in Moscow and the Concordia Arctic station.

More information

For more information, please contact Leo Breebaart.