Information DiscovEry Assistant that Learns (IDEAL)

Period of Performance: 09/28/2012 - 03/25/2014


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
1408 University Drive East Array
College Station, TX 77840
Principal Investigator


Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. (KBSI) proposes to establish innovative enabling methods that target the challenge of semantic information analysis to facilitate iterative and adaptive discovery of information content associated with imprecisely specified information needs. The resulting new technology is expected to empower analysts working on complex intelligence tasks by dynamically forming collaborative research groups of individuals who are currently investigating similar issues, while requiring minimal or no direct input from each analyst with respect to the goals of their current mission. KBSI proposes to design, build, and validate an Information DiscovEry Assistant that Learns (IDEAL) solution that addresses the challenges described above. IDEAL will be designed to provide the following advanced capabilities (1) perform semantic search across multiple data sources to discover data that is relevant to an analyst s goals and tasks; (2) progressively refine the quality of information produced through iterative semantic search and knowledge discovery; (3) facilitate dynamic information sharing and collaboration by a group of human agents; and (4) provide learning and adaptation by using the results and analyst feedback from the previous search/analysis activities to incrementally refine the semantic mapping and search models over extended time.