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OptForceT: New Human Resource Optimization Methods

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
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Small Business Information
OptTek Systems, Inc.
2241 Seventeenth Street Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: OptForceT: New Human Resource Optimization Methods
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-05-C-0017
Award Amount: $500,000.00


OptTek Systems, Inc. is developing new software to significantly enhance optimization applications. The software, called OptForce, incorporates a sophisticated Meta-Structured Optimization (MSO) approach directly into the representation of the decision-making process. It has been demonstrated to be more effective than traditional mixed integer programming and heuristic solvers. Coupled with simulation, it enables a virtually unlimited number of what-if questions to be asked and their answers to be sorted and prioritized efficiently and accurately. MSO is based on a unique algorithm that integrates the two extreme ends of the optimization spectrum, involving the very general and the highly special. The procedure is designed to carry out a special "non-monotonic search," where the successively generated inputs produce varying evaluations, which over time provide a highly efficient trajectory to the best solutions. MSO represents a departure that does not depend on classical rules for generating a mixed zero-one formulation. Its use of layered envelopes (LEVER) is better suited to handling real world complexity. By avoiding identifying in advance the domains of the variables over which the approximation operates -- and more specifically, avoiding identifying the subdomains that characterize regions where the function takes different forms, MSO gives rise to a previously unequalled optimization capability.

Principal Investigator:

Keith Womer

Business Contact:

Jay April
Chief Development Officer
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Opttek Systems, Inc.
1919 Seventh Street Boulder, CO 80302

EIN/Tax ID: 841312459
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Hearin Center
University, MS 38677
Contact: Keith Womer
Contact Phone: (662) 915-5497
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university