MISARO - MeetPeoplePlaces(tm) Inference for Stability and Reconstruction Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0553
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB1-0020
Amount: $98,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB091-003
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
541 S. 27th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146
DUNS: 827378394
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Ashpole
 (215) 760-1613
Business Contact
 Benjamin Ashpole
Title: CEO
Phone: (216) 760-1613
Email: bashpole@meetpeopleplaces.com
Research Institution
Several geosocial inference concerns currently limit military stability and reconstruction operations. Contact lists are outdated, vendor history is not maintained, and coordination delays are common. In this Phase I SBIR project for DARPA, Bashpole Inc. will design and demonstrate the feasibility of MISARO, a web-based platform system to improve the process of finding the right people among military vendors, suppliers, and the military’s own human resources with the purpose of reducing the time to acquire vendor cost proposals, tracking and facilitating meetings with local leaders and vendors, centralizing coordination between multiple military and civilian organizations, and filling gaps left by currently utilized applications.

In this context, MISARO will answer the basic questions of who to communicate with, what information they need, when to approach them, where to meet them, why their support is vital, and how they may interact with military personnel. The goals of MISARO are to alleviate data staleness, predict importance, infer danger precautions, predict cultural requirements, rate vendors, rank results, and create complex workflows.

In Phase I, Bashpole’s systems analysts and subject matter experts will investigate viability and design approaches of proposed geosocial inference technology, validate a design through experimentation with simulated data, and evaluate potential benefits.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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