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STability and Resilience Analysis Technology for Urban Systems analysis (STRATUS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6318C0070
Agency Tracking Number: D17C-003-0023
Amount: $222,793.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST17C-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-10
Small Business Information
600 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 964928464
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Corey Lofdahl
 (781) 303-4755
Business Contact
 Melissa Joyce
Phone: (781) 305-4054
Research Institution
 Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
 Jordan Oravetz
555 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

 (617) 258-3908
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

The unique scale, population density, complexity, and connectedness of megacities requires new tools for detecting and assessing risks related to civil unrest, rule of law, terrorism, and other sources of instability, and for understanding the underlying dynamics. In addition, gray zone operations pose a new and strategically important class of threats to the stability of nation states and cities within them, and new tools are needed to detect and counter these threats. To address these challenges, STR and Draper Labs propose to develop and demonstrate novel technology for assessing and forecasting 1) risks to an urban environments stability, and related to this, 2) the environments resilience or anti-fragility for a range stressors. Stressors may be organic (e.g., population pressure due to immigration; food shortages due to crop failures in the surrounding countryside) or externally imposed by a hostile actor (e.g., gray zone information operations to politically destabilize; terrorist attacks). Our approach aims to provide objective metrics for risk and fragility at the city and neighborhood level.

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