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OpenWatch: An Architecture for Scalable Resiliency Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-16-C-00070
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-007-0008-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB016.1-007
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-11-01
Small Business Information
2361 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 348
El Segundo, CA 90245-2901
United States
DUNS: 053003017
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Minton
 (310) 383-9234
Business Contact
 Steven Minton
Title: President
Phone: (310) 383-9234
Research Institution

In this project, we propose to develop software that employs open source information to assess a community's resilience and preparedness. The goal is challenging because current technology does not scale well due to the heterogeneity of the problem. Specifically, the heterogeneity of the data, as well as the heterogeneity of the assessment process makes it time-consuming to develop extractors for harvesting relevant data, as well as to develop decision methods for performing resiliency/preparedness assessments.

Our work in phase I will include identifying detailed use cases and sample data, along with an ontology for the application. We will also develop an end-to-design for a system, OpenWatch, that we will prototype in Phase II. Finally, we will develop machine learning technology to deal with the heterogeneity problem, including algorithms for semi-automatically developing extractors and semi-automatically developing design surfaces for resiliency assessment.

The results of the project will include an open-source software architecture for resiliency assessment, upon which a commercial resiliency-assessment service can be built. In addition, aggregated resilience-related data can be repurposed for multiple commercial verticals, including in particular the insurance industry. The technology developed will also contribute to developing a cloud-based service for Web aggregation that can be rapidly customized for new verticals.

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