Flashgroups: Automatically Forming Collaborative Groups of Analysts around Prioritized Information

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$493,571.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-13-C-0097
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-152-1248
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-152
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
4618 HENRY STREET, FLOOR 1, PITTSBURGH, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
832750777
Principal Investigator:
CarlosGuestrin
Founder
(510) 517-6356
carlos@flashgroup.com
Business Contact:
SethGoldstein
Founder
(412) 818-1192
seth@flashgroup.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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