Multi-Agent Simulation and Causal Model (MSCM) System for Enhancing Team Cognitive Readiness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0125
Agency Tracking Number: O102-CR7-4018
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-CR7
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, -
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvin Cohen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (703) 247-2636
Business Contact
 Amos Freedy
Title: President
Phone: (818) 788-4830
Research Institution
This proposal id to develop a"Multi-Agent Simulation and Causal Model (MSCM) System for Enhancing Team Cognitive Readiness."The MSCM system will include methods, metrics, visualizations, and interventions for optimizing team mental model effectiveness and convergence. The proposed work integrates cutting edge technology from several areas: Consensus Analysis for statistically rigorous measurement of coherence and identification of population subgroups, multi-agent simulation based on distributed constraint optimization problems with varying types of uncertainty; Bayesian decision models for diagnosing, modeling, and representing complex states (e.g., team mental models) and for evaluating interventions, graphical visualization for clustering, causal inference and prediction, and dimensions of uncertainty, and advanced survey and cognitive task analysis methods, to quickly identify knowledge, skill, and other performance components in a representative set of tasks. More specifically, the proposed MSCM system will incorporate three innovative functional elements; each includes a modeling component, a measurement component, and relevant visualization techniques; they are Team Cognitive Readiness Model (TCRM), Team Mental Model (TMM), and Multi-Agent Team Simulation (MATS). Phase I will combine elements the first two elements above to produce a complete first-pass MSCM System for team mental model evaluation, visualization, and improvement.

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