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AWAKE: Adaptive Workspace for Analyst Knowledge&Engagement

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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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: 2013
Title: AWAKE: Adaptive Workspace for Analyst Knowledge&Engagement
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA875-013-C-0101
Award Amount: $150,000.00


Increasingly there is the need to process large volumes of disparate data containing critical information that needs to be analyzed in a timely, efficient matter. While tools exist to support information search, retrieval and exploitation, these tools do not adequately support the analyst since they lack understanding of the semantics of the information, how the information relates to the analytic task, and how the analyst fuses the information in assessing a situation. Cognitive limitations to analysts"attention and working memory expose them to cognitive biases, and current tools do not provide any help in guarding against analytic vulnerabilities. Aptima and our partners, propose to develop an Adaptive Workspace for Analyst Knowledge and Engagement (AWAKE). AWAKE represents the next generation of cognitive, knowledge-aided analyst support systems that promotes a more effective human-machine partnership so that analysts can focus on what they uniquely do best as humans, and the autonomous system"looks over their shoulder"to provide them cognitive aid. AWAKE will provide a capability for measuring and assessing the analyst"s level of rigor; automatically identify indicators of cognitive biases and vulnerabilities, based on a semantic interpretation of the user"s interactions with the system.; and personalize agents to actively support analysts"activities.

Principal Investigator:

Stacy Pfautz
Senior Research Engineer
(781) 935-3966

Business Contact:

Thomas J. McKenna
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 935-3966
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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