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FACETS: Forecasting Activities through Cultural, Epidemiological, and Temporal…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
96807
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O092-HS3-6046
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 09-HS3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: FACETS: Forecasting Activities through Cultural, Epidemiological, and Temporal Semantics
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0088
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

A central challenge for the U.S. armed forces is trying to forecast how host nation populations may respond to both planned and unplanned military activities. These activities include natural and human caused events that may be kinetic or non-kinetic in nature. To address this issue, we propose to develop the Forecasting Activities through Cultural, Epidemiological, and Temporal Semantics (FACETS) system. FACETS will allow company level and above military planners and leaders to use agent-based models of a given population to forecast likely opinion changes of individuals and groups to certain events. FACETS will be rooted in theories of social identity and influence to better shape the socio-cultural landscape of a given population. Furthermore, FACETS will apply epidemiological inspired models of information spread to help forecast when and where opinions to events will change within a population. To accomplish this, FACETS will incorporate latent semantic variable techniques to find relevant events, topics, and associated opinions within a wide span of internet data sources which will serve as the informational and event space of the population.

Principal Investigator:

Robert McCormack
Applied Mathematician
7814962476
rmccormack@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
7814962415
clancy@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No