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Empires of Fortune: A Virtual Laboratory for Investigation of Collective…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A12A-006-0309
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12a-T006
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400 Rockville, MD 20855-2737
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Empires of Fortune: A Virtual Laboratory for Investigation of Collective Behavior and Inter-Group Conflict
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-12-C-0101
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Developing advanced technologies for an online experimental laboratory has attracted widespread interest across the behavioral sciences for over a half-century, progress has been limited by the difficulty investigating the behavior of large groups and large numbers of groups, due to the practical limits on the number of participants that can be brought into a physical laboratory. We propose to develop a novel multiplayer online social game which involves political, economic, and military cooperation and competition among players at both the individual and group level. EOF is designed as a platform for multi-level research on inter-group conflict using controlled experiments. EOF addresses both theoretical and empirical limitations. On the theoretical side, we have designed the game to include key manipulations for both incentive-theoretic and identity-theoretic models. On the empirical side, the game is designed to be playable and scalable for any number of players, from two to two million.

Principal Investigator:

Xiong Liu
Research Scientist
(301) 294-4629
xliu@i-a-i.com

Business Contact:

Mark James
Director, Contracts&Proposals
(301) 294-5221
mjames@i-a-i.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400 Rockville, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 521497192
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University
Office of Sponsored Programs
373 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-
Contact: Dr, M. Macy
Contact Phone: (607) 255-5014