Flashgroups: Automatically Forming Collaborative Groups of Analysts around Prioritized Information

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0097
Agency Tracking Number: N112-152-1248
Amount: $493,571.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N112-152
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Duns: 832750777
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carlos Guestrin
 (510) 517-6356
Business Contact
 Seth Goldstein
Title: Founder
Phone: (412) 818-1192
Email: seth@flashgroup.com
Research Institution
The web has experienced a huge increase in the amount of content published daily, forcing users to cope with information overload. This challenge,however, is not limited to just web content. More recently, an explosion in social content and social connections on the web have lead to a new challenge: social overload. The DoD is also faced with similar information and social overload challenges: an intelligence analyst must wade through huge amounts of possible documents, both from classified sources and from the web. Similarly, from a''social'perspective, there many be a number of different analysts working on similar or related tasks. If these analysts could collaborate effectively, each of their individual assessments could be more accurate and timely. However, it is very difficult to discover such shared context and to form the associated groups. In the proposed effort, we will develop and deploy a general tool, Flashgroup, for addressing such information and social overload challenges. In particular, our system will be able to quickly model a user's intention or context, recommend documents that are most appropriate for their current goals, and suggest groups of users, or flashgroups, who share a common interest to enable engaging and rewarding collaborations.

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