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E-MEME: Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of MEssages

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
91271
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O072-CR1-8015
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 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: E-MEME: Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of MEssages
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-09-M-0189
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Unofficial means of communication, such as internet blogs and forums and word-of-mouth contacts, provide an ideal medium for the spread of ideas within a society. While many of these topics are benign or even beneficial to the population, there are messages which have dangerous and destructive consequences, such as calls for terrorist attacks. The spread of information within a population is in many ways analogous to the spread of disease. The field of mathematical epidemiology provides a vast array of models which can be modified for the current problem. In order to better analyze the dynamics of information propagation, we propose to build the Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of MEssages (E-MEME) tool. E-MEME combines statistical language processing technologies to discover latent topics found in website text with epidemiological modeling techniques to understand and predict the means by which messages propagate. E-MEME will give users the ability to analyze the diffusion of topics across internet websites.

Principal Investigator:

Robert McCormack
Applied Mathematician
7814962476
rmccormack@aptima.com

Business Contact:

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

APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

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