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Bias Formulation, Characterization, and Learning (BIFOCAL)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O113-DR5-1010
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD11-DR5
Solicitation Number:
2011.3
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Bias Formulation, Characterization, and Learning (BIFOCAL)
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8750-12-C-0162
Award Amount: $149,994.00
 

Abstract:

A key challenge to higher level information fusion is fusing data originally collected for disparate tasks. Although much data may be available, data collected for a particular task may not be well suited to subsequent tasks because it embodies biases inherent in the original data collection process. A major challenge to applying data to a new purpose is understanding and correcting for biases in the data. To address this challenge, we propose a tool for Bias Formulation, Characterization and Learning (BIFOCAL). BIFOCAL uses deep learning to detect and characterize the biases in a dataset, thereby better enabling the data to be fused with other data to accomplish different purposes. Our approach is based on the idea that even biased data contains useful relationships, but we must have a deep understanding of the data. To accomplish this understanding, we will perform a systematic study of biases in complex and machine-generated data and use deep machine learning to build models of data sets and data generating processes as well as their target applications.

Principal Investigator:

Avi Pfeffer
Principal Scientist
(617) 491-3474
apfeffer@cra.com

Business Contact:

Mark S. Felix
Contracts Manager
(617) 491-3474
mfelix@cra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042803764
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No