Getting the Word Out: Modeling the Propagation of Counter Insurgency Information within a Population

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0217
Agency Tracking Number: O072-CR1-8011
Amount: $99,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-CR1
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lynn Bardsley
 Manager, Software Systems
 (518) 869-6460
 lbardsley@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Insurgencies have existed throughout history and will continue to provide a problem for our forces abroad, as they are now in the Middle East. Prior measures taken against insurgencies would be intolerable today. As a result, today’s approaches are more based in intelligence than force. This approach of counterinsurgency message dissemination fits that approach. In considering this problem, Infoscitex has developed the concept for a novel solution that will adapt current individual-level epidemiological infectious disease research into models selected to facilitate the identification of possible “information superspreaders”. We believe strongly that the use of probabilistic methods to identify characteristics present in a superspreader will allow the creation of a profile to be cross referenced with known members of a population to facilitate identification of persons of interest. IST has assembled a distinguished team to address this proposal. In conjunction with our research partner, Dr. Sandro Galea, and the support of Boeing IDS, we are proposing a novel and innovative approach to meeting the requirements called for in the solicitation. At the conclusion of Phase II, we will have a prototype version of our product ready for immediate deployment and testing.

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