A Cognitive Agent Approach to MedNet Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,948.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
O052-H14-3106
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD05-H14
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
CHI SYSTEMS, INC.
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161162995
Principal Investigator:
Russell Maulitz
Principal Investigator
(215) 542-1400
rmaulitz@chisystems.com
Business Contact:
Phil Rollhauser
Director of Contracts
(215) 542-1400
prollhauser@chisystems.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
CHI Systems, Inc., proposes to develop a smart system to aid field medics and other front-line medical personal in diagnosing and treating combat (and non-combat) injuries. Called MedNet, this system also provides a database of specific cases that can supplement the information provided by MedNet's internal diagnostic and treatment-aiding algorithms, as well as tools for the medic to create new case-entries in the database and to share them in the local and global battlespace. Because prior research has shown that breadth-first exhaustive search diagnostic algorithms are difficult and time-consuming to use, the diagnostic algorithms in MedNet are more heuristic in nature, using a combination of tagged semantic networks and cognitive agent technology to capture and mimic the diagnostic and treatment reasoning processes of experts and make these available to the field medic. The heart of MedNet is cognitive agent software that manages, reasons about, and maintains a model of the patient's recovery process, and that communicates context-sensitive diagnostic and treatment information directly to the field medic. Phase I will produce both a complete MedNet design and a proof-of-concept prototype focusing on a specific scenario involving neck injury, which is an increasingly common problem in Operation Iraqi freedom.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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