Dynamical Modeling of Communications for Assessment and Enhancement of Team Performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,889.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0352
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-023-0371
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T023
Small Business Information
SANDIA RESEARCH CORP.
5810 S. SOSSAMAN RD., SUITE 108, MESA, AZ, 85212
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
786521273
Principal Investigator
 Steven Shope
 President
 (505) 571-3000
 sshope@cerici.org
Business Contact
 Steven Shope
Title: President
Phone: (505) 571-3000
Email: sshope@cerici.org
Research Institution
 ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
 Polemnia G Amazeen
 Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 871104
Tempe, AZ, 85287-1104
 (480) 727-7075
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Defense transformation and network-centric operations have created a need for highly-responsive, networked teams of individuals. Individuals on those teams each contribute a unique but complementary sets of skills and knowledge (and multicultural backgrounds), but a major challenge in forming teams is getting those individuals to function as an efficient, integrated unit. Can we characterize ordinary team activity and distinguish it from anomalies in need of intervention in real-time? One inroad to addressing this question is to investigate the feasibility of designing a system for monitoring team behavior in real-time, detecting time-phased anomalies, and intervening to increase team effectiveness by capitalizing on a ubiquitous byproduct of teams: communication behavior. During Phase I of the proposed project, we will demonstrate the feasibility of applying dynamical modeling to real-time communication flow data (i.e., who is talking to whom, when, and for how long) for the purpose of assessing, in real-time, team synchronization and shared understanding. A software tool, developed around this concept, could provide real time information to adjust team knowledge, team member assignment and institute corrective action and/or training.

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