Time Latency of Information in Networked Operations – Effect of "Human in the Loop"

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Authors
  1. Ng, K.Y.K.
  2. Mitchell, R.
  3. Solomon, B.
  4. Lam, M.N.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Time has always been of crucial importance in military networked operations, and consequently of Command and Control. Often, humans are required to extract, interpret and validate information from raw data at one or more points along the path from source to users. In this paper, we study the time latency of information under the influence of ‘human in the loop’ in networked operations, using the Canadian Forces Intelligence unit as an illustrative example. We derive a closed form expression for the time delay associated with human interpretation of data via a Discrete Time Markov Chain model. Parametric studies on changes in the governing variables of the time delay expression provide us with valuable insights on how to expedite the filtering, analyzing and redirecting of information process through training. The aim is to better understand the issues on ‘timeliness’ of information.
Keywords
time latency;command and control;networked enabled operations;discrete time markov chain
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-P114 — External Literature
Date of publication
05 Mar 2015
Number of Pages
19
DSTKIM No
CA040018
CANDIS No
801004
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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