SCALE: Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0398
Award Id:
77905
Agency Tracking Number:
06ST1-0035
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
KariKelton
Organizational Engineer
(202) 842-1548
kkelton@aptima.com
Business Contact:
MargaretClancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institute:
MASSACUUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Rosemary Hanlon
MIT
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 253-3529
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Static organization charts and standard processes define roles, methods, and authority in useful ways for common missions. But these same, rigid structures force the organization to behave inefficiently, often ineffectively on problems in new domains, problems requiring new coordination methods and ad hoc teams. What is needed to facilitate rapid formation of effective human networks is a system that non-invasively monitors the rich content of digital media and conversation, builds knowledge of ad hoc and potential networks, and accurately recommends new opportunities for collaboration. The proposed research addresses this need by developing the Spontaneous Collaboration Assistant and Linking Engine (SCALE), an innovative new technology that integrates three cutting-edge approaches: Text mining of digital documents and communications to construct an organizational model of members' areas of knowledge/work and existing collaboration relationships; Reality mining of physical interactions between people to augment the model of organizational knowledge and collaboration; Social network analysis to identify new productivity-enhancing opportunities for spontaneous collaboration between members of the organization.

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