A system for Tailoring Response and Understanding using Social Trust (TRUST)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,975.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0259
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-092-0078
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-092
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115243701
Principal Investigator:
Corey Lofdahl
Senior Scientist
(617) 491-3474
clofdahl@cra.com
Business Contact:
Mark Felix
Contracts Manager
(617) 491-3474
mfelix@cra.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The proliferation of computer-mediated communication (CMC) has changed the information landscape for international crisis and disaster response. Given the amount of crisis data generated, however, it is difficult for responders to identify mission-relevant, reliable information. Existing approaches to exploiting CMC do not provide sufficient cues for responders to evaluate the actionability or reliability of the resulting information. These approaches ignore the social aspects of CMC, failing to recognize the reliability cues that could be gained from maintaining a"web of trust."To generate socially-aware, actionable intelligence for tactical crisis response, we propose to design and demonstrate a system for Tailoring Response and Understanding using Social Trust (TRUST). First, we will conduct a requirements analysis to understand the role trust could play in analyzing the reliability of CMC data for crisis response, and to inform the design of a socio-technical system consisting of a web of trusted sources that generate actionable intelligence. Second, we will enable responders to maintain and manage the web of trust. Third, we will enable responders to manage their interactions with sources and to structure incoming CMC data. Fourth, we will allow responders to visually explore incoming CMC data and understand its relevance to mission objectives.

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