Massively Distributed Problem-Solving (MDPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20060
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB3-0060
Amount: $98,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB093-004
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Management Sciences, Inc.
6022 Constitution Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: 094142122
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kshanti Greene
 Research Manager
 (505) 255-8611
 kshanti_greene@mgtsciences.com
Business Contact
 Marlene Blemel
Title: President
Phone: (505) 255-8611
Email: kay_blemel@mgtsciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose a unique system for massively distributed social problem-solving that will enable large groups of individuals to form solutions to complex, multi-factor problems. Our minimalist framework, called the ePluribus Solver, will leverage the viral nature of communication in existing social networks to engage individuals in the problem solving process and allow them to develop their own emergent processes. The ePluribus Solver enables users to decompose complex problems into their component parts and work on these parts asynchronously, and then recomposes the parts to form a collective solution from the input of many problem-solvers. The ePluribus Solver will manage the problem solving process made more complex by its large-scale social aspect, while allowing the humans to do what they do best- reasoning. We leverage a Blackboard system developed Management Sciences to form the distributed, asynchronous problem-solving foundation, enabling us to concentrate on the high-risk social aspects of the proposed system. The Technosocial Predictive Analytics initiative at Pacific Northwest National Labs joins our team to provide an interface to their gaming engine that will increase the engagement and exploratory capabilities of our human problem-solvers. The University of New Mexico will develop algorithms to combine the contributions of many diverse individuals.

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