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Collaborative Assistance and Rapid Team Optimization System (CARTOS)

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
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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 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Collaborative Assistance and Rapid Team Optimization System (CARTOS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0265
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Aptima Inc. and the MIT Media lab are pleased to submit this proposal for a Phase II continuation of its STTR Phase I project to develop a Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine (SCALE). The present proposal is a joint effort of Aptima, Inc. and Perceptronics Solutions, Inc., who have combined forces to develop together a new Collaborative Assistance and Rapid Team Optimization System (CARTOS) as a synergistic extension and enhancement of their individual STTR Phase I efforts. The proposal describes the CARTOS system concept and how the companies will work together under separate contracts to develop, evaluate, transition, commercialize and market the CARTOS technology and products. CARTOS is an innovative system that will automatically form and adaptively improve 'virtual teams' using data from organizational communications and other sources. The virtual teams will be formed to identify new collaboration opportunities within the organization, to attack immediate mission-related tasks and address long-duration objectives, and to discover 'hidden' capabilities relating to problem areas well suited for future work by the organization. the technical approach combines several fundamental innovations, including: (1) the first integration of Social Networking and Topic Modeling; and (2) the first application of Multiagent Systems to team formation and optimization.

Principal Investigator:

Shawn Weil
Cognitive Scientist

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Office of Sponsored Programs
77 Mass Ave, Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact: Stephen McAlarney
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3856
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university