Grid-Group Cm-alpha, Profiling Cultural Factors for Decision Aiding

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,998.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-6584
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-069-0977
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-069
Small Business Information
21ST CENTURY SYSTEMS, INC.
12152 Windsor Hall Way, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
949183701
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Resha
 Director, Space Programs
 (719) 495-7969
 Tom.Resha@21csi.com
Business Contact
 Jeffry Hicks
Title: President
Phone: (402) 212-7474
Email: Jeff@21csi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Culturally diverse people are now participating in military multinational coalition applications as well as in extreme environments - once the province of American males drawn from a relatively homogenous cultural pool. Human biases and routines, capabilities and limitations strongly influence overall system performance; whether during operations or in simulations using models of humans. Many missions and environments challenge human capabilities (e.g., combat stress, waiting, fatigue, or long tours of duty). The capability to measure and model individual human performance is important, but mission, team, and relationships add a very important dimension. A team that consists of a culturally diverse group requires performance measures for measuring the group's performance in command and control centers. 21st Century Systems, Inc is pleased to propose an approach that is based on social components of a grid-group model for the representation of culture, a coherence-based model of cultural change, and a rational actor model given particular cultural values and beliefs. We make the case that Grid-group and military physiological variables represented can be modeled as stresses in simulated multidimensional volume producing strain as a measurement. To bring together the disparate military factors we start visualization of the models using a stress-strain analogy from theoretical physics.

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