Automated Collaboration Collection & Relationship Understanding Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20069
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB3-0102
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB093-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shawn Weil
 Senior Cognitive Psychologist
 (781) 496-2456
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Operations centers used for incident response, tactical military activities, and air traffic management can all be characterized as having multiple teams of individuals, each with defined responsibilities, interacting with people and systems within and outside of their organization to enable continuous mission success. Effective coordination and collaboration is critical in these organizations; however, there is as yet no established sensor and analysis technology employed widely that formally captures/represents interactions and allows analysis of coordination. ACCRUE, the Automated Collaboration Collection & Relationship Understanding Environment is envisioned to meet this need. A model of interaction can be developed by construing existing communication tools, such as e-mail and text chat, as sensors of interaction. This model can be enhanced further by incorporating data from wearable sensors which measure face-to-face contact, thereby capturing and representing all critical interactions. Pattern matching algorithms can then be used to identify interactions in the modeled interactions that might be clear exemplars of key coordination activities or indicators of dysfunction. This will allow analysts, trainers, operations officers, and researchers (1) a window into team processes and (2) a systematic mechanism for investigating and interpreting those processes.

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