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PolARES: A Recognition-based Crisis Decision System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
81253
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0058
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALPHATRAC, INC.
8670 Wolff Court, Suite 120 Sheridan Park #8 Westminster, CO 80031
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: PolARES: A Recognition-based Crisis Decision System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0098
Award Amount: $1,943,095.00
 

Abstract:

Crisis decision-making is difficult and error-prone because it involves time-urgency, physical and emotional stress, chaotic conditions, and poor data availability/quality. This SBIR project will investigate, develop, and deploy a web-based software system (called PolARES) that supports key decisions for crisis management and battlefield applications. This system will produce a revolutionary improvement in decision performance for both experienced and novice decision makers. Successful crisis decision-making employs a psychology termed recognition-primed decision-making, a method that uses limited event observations to force quick recognition of an analogous scenario from a knowledge base. The PolARES decision system will support rapid decision-making in battlefield, emergency, and disaster situations. PolARES will include an extensive relational database of decision scenarios: event/decision pairs tailored to a target decision maker and decision space. PolARES will employ an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm to lead the decision maker through a limited set of questions to a rapid choice of a stored scenario. The tool will then adapt the base scenario to actual event conditions. A feasibility prototype demonstrated PolARES' potential for chemical emergency response in Phase I of this SBIR. In Phase 2, PolARES will be applied to tactical military decision-making and other crisis decision environments.

Principal Investigator:

C. Hodgin
President and CEO
3034285670
rhodgin@alphatrac.com

Business Contact:

Brian Martinez
Controller
3034285670
bmartinez@alphatrac.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALPHATRAC, INC.
8670 Wolff Court, Suite 120 Sheridan Park #8 Westminster, CO 80031

EIN/Tax ID: 841195474
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No