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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: FA8650-18-C-6901
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1963
Amount: $1,499,857.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB12A-004
Solicitation Number: 12.A
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-20
Small Business Information
2701 Technology Drive Suite 100
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
United States
DUNS: 080250603
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Todd Hughes
 Chief Technology Officer
 (703) 957-3845
Business Contact
 Mark Allen
Phone: (443) 545-3135
Research Institution
 Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
 Ms. Elizabeth Mills Ms. Elizabeth Mills
555 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

 (617) 258-1668
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Next Century Corporation will develop novel means to acquire data on patterns of exploration of web-based information. For the proposed effort, we will integrate fine-grained logging of activities across different search paths and develop new methods for extracting web content that provides and analyzes the broader context in which such activities take place. In addition, we will develop a robust and accessible database with strong privacy controls and data protection mechanisms. Capturing data on the detailed processes of information foraging (as opposed to prior, theoretical research by Pirolli & Card), will inform analysis of potential cognitive processes related to information foraging, and will enable generation of models of knowledge acquisition and transmission (for example, the contextualized activity data may reveal the attributes of web content that are likely to cause confusion or uncertainty regarding a specific topic). This effort will provide a novel capability for acquisition of data with strong privacy guarantees while supporting the development of models that can inform U.S. policy regarding actions of adversaries in the online information environment.

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