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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,975.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0259
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-092-0078
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-092
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
115243701
Principal Investigator
 Corey Lofdahl
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 clofdahl@cra.com
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: mfelix@cra.com
Research Institution
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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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