Linked Ontologies for Knowledge Interoperability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0074
Agency Tracking Number: N062-148-0662
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-148
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Webb Stacy
 Cognitive Scientist, VP T
 (781) 496-2437
 wstacy@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
When team members collaborate to solve a problem, each brings his or her own set of experiences, beliefs, assumptions, and cultural tenets. This is especially apparent when members come from diverse cultures, e.g., in Joint or Coalition mission planning. Training, doctrine, and leadership can help, but differences and potential for misunderstandings will remain, especially when members are spatially separated, time constrained, or cognitively overloaded. We propose to address this problem by developing and using shared, adaptive ontologies to identify and resolve culture-based misunderstandings. Our Linked Ontologies for Knowledge Interoperability (LOKI) technology will monitor communications among team members, translate between concepts, identify differences among ontologies, and annotate areas present in one ontology but missing from another. The product of our research will be a system containing ontologies for each team member, for the mission planning domain, and for effective teamwork in a multicultural setting. The system will facilitate collaboration by alerting information producers to words and concepts likely to be misconstrued by other team members, and by translating words and concepts into a format more useful to information consumers.

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