ARiA awarded option on Phase I SBIR contract with NAVSEA for Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning (E-SAIL™)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Applied Research in Acoustics LLC (ARiA) was awarded a six-month option on their Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the U.S. Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the continued development of E-SAIL™, the Environment for Surface ASW Interactive Learning. Building on experience developed during the creation of WaveQuest™, E-SAIL™ couples intuitive three-dimensional visualization of the ground-truth tactical situation and environmental data with real-time interactive rendering of recorded and simulated sonar data to help operators gain a deep understanding of (1) the relationships between observed phenomena on sonar tactical displays and and the corresponding phenomena and environmental conditions in the physical world and (2) how an understanding of the mapping between the two domains can be used to improve tactical-system employment. E-SAIL™ also provides an enhanced capability for event reconstruction and analysis and supports after-action reviews. Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator for the project, Dr. Jason E. Summers remarked, “our team is extremely pleased with the progress we made in Phase I of this project and is looking forward to future development of E-SAIL™. Not only is this tool responsive to Navy needs, but it introduces new paradigms in tape-based and simulation-based training and analysis that will enhance the capabilities of the fleet.”