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  • see also briefings from 18-20 Mar 2008 BIAC Tools Conference
  • see also briefings from 8-9 Mar 2007 BIAC Tools Conference
    organizations below with **
    briefed and demo'd their tools and/or research at one or both conferences

    NOTE: many of the tools below are free
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    Overview ___return to top Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL) ** ___return to top

    • Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL)
      • AFRL, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Warfighting Interface Division, Cognitive Systems (AFRL/HECS)
      • AFRL, Information Directorate, Command and Control Engineering (AFRL/IFSA)

    • Java Causal Analysis Tool (JCAT)
      • JCAT is a tool for the consistent analysis of uncertain causal reasoning. It supports both forecasting (uncertain prediction of future events) and inference from evidence (analysis how observation of modeled events change both our future forecasts, and our understanding of events in the past. It is suitable for analysis of existing studies and plans or as a tool for creating and documenting the reasoning new plans and studies.
      • JCAT is as easy or easier to use than any other Bayesian tool, but, when needed, has unmatched expressive capabilities including elimination of model destroying assumptions of independence, a model of temporal reasoning which includes resource constrained persistence, and the ability to model ensembles of events. It also contains original statistical analysis for rejecting or accepting a causal model based on evidence.
      • JCAT, similarly to other tools, supports different styles of model building, including modeling of beliefs, intentions, etc. of adversarial modeling, and supports Efffects Based Operations (EBO), Influence Operations, and DIME/PMESI models. Example models in all such planning styles already exist as JCAT models.

      • Uncertainty Management with JCAT, slides for presentation by Dr. John F. Lemmer, AFRL/IFSA
        • JCAT is "best thought of as a ‘spreadsheet’ for uncertainty management"
      • Bayes Theory: Risk and Reward - the JCAT Computational Model, slides for presentation by Dr. John F. Lemmer, AFRL/IFSA

    • Commander's Predictive Environment (CPE), briefing given at March 2008 BIAC Tools Conference

    • Advanced Text Exploitation Assistant (ATEA), Text Extraction Group, Information Directorate, AFRL
      • serve as an "honest broker" for customers -- advising what is feasible, separating "wheat from the chaff," and helping to more clearly specify text extraction requirements

    • Predictive Awareness and Network-Centric Analysis for Collaborative Intelligence Assessment (PANACIA)
      • Analysis brings information faster to warfighters, by Savannah, for Air Force Print News, 21 Apr 2006
        • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance analysts are testing the Predictive Awareness and Network-Centric Analysis for Collaborative Intelligence Assessment advanced technology demonstration. The analysis, known as PANACIA, provides integration of mature fusion and reasoning engines to support the warfighter in an AOC weapons system and the Air Force-Distributed Common Ground System.

    Carnegie Mellon University ** ___return to top

    • Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS)

    • Automap - Extract, Analyze and Represent Relational Data from Texts
      • Main functionalities of AutoMap are:
        • Extract, analyze and compare mental models of individuals and groups.
        • Reveal structure of social and organizational systems from texts.

    • ORA: Organizational Risk Analyzer
      • ORA is a risk assessment tool for locating individuals or groups that are potential risks given social, knowledge and task network information. Essentially, first you use information about people to "connect the dots." Then, ORA examines this network and finds those dots, those people, who represent a risk to the overall system. Individuals are risks, e.g., if their removal from the network would debilitate it (the critical employee) or if they were to feed false information to others they could create havoc (the rumor monger).

    • DyNet - desktop tool for reasoning about dynamic networked and cellular organizations
      • The purpose of the DyNet project is to develop the equivalent of a flight simulator for reasoning about dynamic networked organizations. ... Using DyNet the analyst would be able to see how the networked organization was likely to evolve if left alone, how its performance could be affected by various information warfare and isolation strategies, and how robust those strategies were in the face of varying levels of information assurance.

    • DyNetML - Interchange Format for Rich Social Network Data
      • DyNetML is a universal data interchange format to enable exchange of rich social network data and improve compatibility of analysis and visualization tools. DyNetML is an XML-derived language that provides means to express rich social network data. DyNetML also provides an extensible facility for linking anthropological, process description and other data with social networks.
    Dartmouth College ** ___return to top

    George Mason University ** ___return to top

    • George Mason University, Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, System Architectures Laboratory (SAL)
      • includes contact information

    • CAESAR III: A tool for Designing, Analyzing, and Evaluating Command and Control organizations and Processes - Based on the theory and algorithms of Colored Petri nets. In addition to modeling monocultural organizations (friendly or adversarial), it can be used to model coalitions

    • Pythia: A tool based on various types of Influence nets that can be used for modeling and analysis of effects based operations, for course of action (COA) development and selection, and for effects based assessment. It is also a research platform for the development of algorithms that address temporal issues in COA development and effects assessment.

    • Temper: A tool for representing temporal knowledge and for reasoning about critical incidents , events/activities of interest to identify hidden patterns of temporal relations.

    University of Maryland ___return to top

    • University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)

      • Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics (LCCD) - includes work on tools such as the following
        • SOMA (Stochastic Opponent Modeling Agents)
          • "SOMA is a formal, logical-statistical reasoning language within which we can express knowledge about the behaviors of a group of interest, and compile a set of rules in such a language into an ìagentî. Within SOMA, we can express rules about the probability that a given person or group will act a certain way in a given situation.
        • CAGE (Cultural Adversarial Game Engine)
          • "CAGE is a game engine which allows the creation of customized games with the following characteristics. The games may consist of a set of game states, where each game state offers the player an array of information and a set of possible moves he can make."
          • "So far, we have developed two game scenarios. The first game models the drug trade in Afghanistan, specifically the involvement of the Afridis. We are also developing a game about Afghan villages and the different agents--i.e. political leaders, religious leaders, farmers--that one might encounter upon entering the village."

    University of Pittsburgh ___return to top

    • GeNIe and SMILE
      • SMILE (Structural Modeling, Inference, and Learning Engine) is a fully portable library of C++ classes implementing graphical decision-theoretic methods, such as Bayesian net-works and influence diagrams, directly amenable to inclusion in intelligent systems.
      • Its Windows user interface, GeNIe is a versatile and user-friendly development environment for graphical decision-theoretic models.
      • Both modules, developed at the Decision Systems Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, have been made available to the community in July 1998 and have now several thousand users worldwide.

    Stanford University ___return to top

    • Protégé
      • Protégé is a free, open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework.
      • Protégé is supported by a community of developers and academic, government and corporate users, who are using Protégé for knowledge solutions in areas as diverse as biomedicine, intelligence gathering, and corporate modeling.

    National Laboratories ___return to top

    • see also research and theory at Sandia Labs on research page

    • Cultural And Media Influences on Opinion (CAMIO) - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
      • The Cultural And Media Influences on Opinion (CAMIO) simulation of group behavior is an agent-based computational model that can be used to examine the opinions; issue stances, political allegiances or other judgments held by members of a particular group within a society and examine how these opinions change or can be influenced to change over time. Of particular interest is changes caused by an external organization such as the international or internal media. CAMIO is a model of how small groups of acquaintances form from larger populations and change over time; how opinions spread throughout the groups; how an outside entity, such as the media, can influence the spread of such opinion; and how this population of small groups may become polarized or unified around a particular issue.

    • Starlight - Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
      • Starlight is a generic information visualization tool that is applicable to a wide range of problems.
      • Starlight's information integration capabilities make it uniquely well suited to analyzing the contents of multisource intelligence collections. With its integrated information extraction and geospatial analysis tools, Starlight users can quickly discover the "who, what, when, and where?" aspects of complex, dynamic situations.
      • The Starlight Network View can be used to find and interpret interesting features in Web page hyperlink structures. When coupled with Starlight's Concept View text visualization capabilities, entirely new forms of Web exploration become possible.

    NetMiner ___return to top

    SAIC ___return to top

    • Influence Net Modeling
      • Situational Influence Assessment Module (SIAM)
        • "SIAM is designed for Microsoft Windows® XP platforms, and is available for use by organizations within the U.S. Federal government."

        • "SIAM is a powerful software application designed to assist people in analyzing complex problems and issues, especially when empirical information is sparse or uncertain. SIAM can be used in a range of operational situations, from corporate decision making to national security planning."
        • "One of SIAM’s most beneficial uses is in the area of analytical collaboration. Analysts, decision makers, corporate strategists, and operational planners with expertise in different disciplines can use SIAM to collaborate on issues which require an understanding of many fields."

        • Understanding and Using SIAM (local copy), by Sands and Hayes, Naval War College, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, Decision Support Department

      • Causeway
        • "Causeway is designed for Microsoft Windows® 2000 platforms. This commercial quality application is available for export, and has been localized for Spanish language users."

    UCINET & NetDraw ___return to top

    Other Tools ___return to top

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