Semantic Knowledge-based Decision Support

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$96,673.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8750-06-C-0081
Award Id:
78838
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-077-1007
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3721 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78731
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883906273
Principal Investigator:
Larry Lefkowitz
Executive Director
(512) 514-2966
larry@cyc.com
Business Contact:
Mary Shepherd
VP Finance and Operations
(512) 342-4002
mary@cyc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In any complex environment - such as managing a battlespace, launching a satellite, or operating a global enterprise - critical decisions depend on a broad range of information sources, decision-making guidelines, and an array of operational and environmental factors. These challenges highlight the need for decision support systems whose decisions are based on both structured and unstructured information sources, and that can explain their decisions in a manner that garners trust from those relying on its conclusions. The Cyc knowledge-based environment supports many of the capabilities needed for such a system. Its Semantic Knowledge Source Integration functionality permits smooth integration with structured information sources, while its inference engine and NL generation capabilities provide textual justifications for its actions. Unstructured data (such as text documents, imagery, videos, etc.) can be mapped to the Cyc ontology to model their content as well as to identify key metadata (such as the source, creation date, scope, etc.), enabling material from unstructured sources to be seamlessly included in the decision process. We propose to design a decision support architecture around these existing capabilities that would gracefully incorporate a wide variety of information sources and offer greater transparency into its decision making process.

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