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Geospatial Intelligence Analyst Knowledge Preservation Tools

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-6971
Agency Tracking Number: F083-020-0275
Amount: $99,904.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-020
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-03-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-01-25
Small Business Information
4901 Corporate Drive, Suite B, Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 806849303
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Andy Bevilacqua
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 882-6229
Business Contact
 Andy Bevilacqua
Title: President
Phone: (256) 882-6229
Research Institution
This proposal describes a specific problem within the Intelligence community. Because of a lack of GEOINT tools for capturing storing and delivering expert knowledge from experienced analysts, new analysts have difficulty in quickly gaining the level of skill that those expert analysts possess.  Recent work in cognitive science has shown that engineers presented with knowledge from domain experts in certain areas of expertise were able to perform tasks better after studying concept maps. This proposal suggests that an even more robust method would be to use conceptual graphs as a means to capture store and deliver domain expert knowledge for rapid training of new analysts. We show a design approach based upon the CORE toolset, an award winning set of Government owned cognitive tools for manipulating conceptual graphs. We also present a preliminary design as a baseline for the work to be accomplished in Phase I and describe our success over the years in the SBIR program. BENEFIT: If successful, the Phase I program will lay the groundwork for full-scale development of an expert domain knowledge capture storage and delivery system for the Intelligence community. The Phase I program should be able to identify those major knowledge-handling functions necessary to perform these tasks and to demonstrate some of their functionality. The Phase II program will fully develop and test the individual components and resolve key technical issues before going on to Phase III in which institutional funding will be sought to build a formal software architecture for corporate training.

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