Rapid Formation of Virtual Organizations Using Modeling and Multi Agent System Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0410
Agency Tracking Number: 06ST1-0051
Amount: $148,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: ST061-004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amos Freedy
 President
 (818) 460-9150
 afreedy@percsolutions.net
Business Contact
 Gershon Weltman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (818) 788-1025
Email: gweltman@percsolutions.net
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 M Tambe
 Computer Science Department 941 West 37t
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-4496
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Perceptronics Solutions, Inc. and the USC Computer Science Department present this proposal to develop an adaptive software system that will automatically form 'virtual' human networks. Our objective is to develop an automated system capable of: (1) identifying groups of people who should be in contact with each other by virtue of their parent organization's basic mission, that is, the long term problems it intends to solve; (2) organizing ad hoc groups of people to solve a specific problem encountered by the organization, taking into account organizational structures and individuals' positions in that structure; or (3) identifying new areas of organizational capability, or problem solving ability, based on the observed interests of the organization's members. Specifically, we will focus our Phase I efforts on automatically forming a problem-oriented virtual network in a dynamic military organization. The advantage of this approach is: (1) it directly addresses the military application, which has top priority; and (2) the solution will hold for less demanding applications as well, such as more static military and non-military organizations including civil agencies, companies, universities, and so forth.

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