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SCALE: Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
77905
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
06ST1-0035
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2006
Title: SCALE: Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0398
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

Static organization charts and standard processes define roles, methods, and authority in useful ways for common missions. But these same, rigid structures force the organization to behave inefficiently, often ineffectively on problems in new domains, problems requiring new coordination methods and ad hoc teams. What is needed to facilitate rapid formation of effective human networks is a system that non-invasively monitors the rich content of digital media and conversation, builds knowledge of ad hoc and potential networks, and accurately recommends new opportunities for collaboration. The proposed research addresses this need by developing the Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine (SCALE), an innovative new technology that integrates three cutting-edge approaches: Text mining of digital documents and communications to construct an organizational model of members' areas of knowledge/work and existing collaboration relationships; Reality mining of physical interactions between people to augment the model of organizational knowledge and collaboration; Social network analysis to identify new productivity-enhancing opportunities for spontaneous collaboration between members of the organization.

Principal Investigator:

Kari Kelton
Organizational Engineer
2028421548
kkelton@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
7814962415
clancy@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MASSACUUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
MIT
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Rosemary Hanlon
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3529
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university