A System for Automated Real-time Collaboration Assessment for Distributed Environments (ARCADE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20068
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB3-0103
Amount: $98,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB093-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Farry
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Ninos Hanna
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: nhanna@cra.com
Research Institution
As mission needs evolve, specialties and resources can be brought to bear through cross-agency or coalition collaborations. Each collaborator who joins the team brings along his or her training, doctrine, and processes, which introduces collaboration challenges. An automated capability to assess the effectiveness of collaboration in real time would help to ensure that command teams are collaborating optimally. The key challenge in that capability, however, is making the links from measurable data to effective collaborative performance. To provide that automated collaboration performance capability, we propose to design and demonstrate a system for Automated Real-time Collaboration Assessment for Distributed Environments (ARCADE). Four core components characterize our approach. First, we will conduct a requirements analysis to determine the needs of collaborating command teams. Second, we will design a Performance Assessment Fusion Framework, taking a multimodal, task-independent approach. Third, we will design a set of automated Performance Analysis Techniques to capture communication using wireless sensors and digital capture of electronic communication. These techniques will leverage statistical analysis, NLP, and linguistic style to assess trends and content across modalities of communication, and calculate performance criteria. Fourth, we will design a User Interface to enable command teams to review their collaborative performance.

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