Crowdsourcing Situational Awareness (Crowd- SA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1121
Agency Tracking Number: N131-063-0485
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-063
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Modus Operandi, Inc.
709 South Harbor City Blvd., Suite 400, Melbourne, FL, -
DUNS: 130550262
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Teresa Nieten
 Scientist
 (321) 473-1426
 tnieten@modusoperandi.com
Business Contact
 Peter Dyson
Title: CEO
Phone: (321) 473-1444
Email: pdyson@modusoperandi.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The basic need in a crisis situation, whether it is a natural or unnatural disaster, political or social unrest, or some combination, is relevant, timely and accurate information, filtered to present the most pertinent data to the decision makers. Commanders have unique information requirements due to short timelines and unknown background data on their assigned Area of Operations. Crowdsourcing data, properly filtered and managed, provides an instant"quicklook"into the human terrain, atmospherics, and current events. This also assists the Intelligence Operational planners to direct their assets to confirm or deny conclusions drawn from the crowdsourcing data. Our solution, implemented as a monitoring system to world events, could act as a"first alert"capability that would indicate an upcoming problem or crisis well in advance of the typical news and intelligence channels. Modus Operandi proposes to develop a crowdsourcing system to analyze and fuse data from witnesses and participants to find relevant information in times of disaster or emerging crisis. The final system will accept input from the crowd, extract events and entities in the context of natural language, normalize the information, and fuse it with data from other sources using cloud-based distributed processing.

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