The 2007 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2007)

May 21-25, 2007
Embassy Suites Hotel-Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando, FL, USA
In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP (Pending)
Posters

Info: Poster Session Submission Information
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Poster 1: SD-Link
Corey Westrick html pdf

Poster 2: Collaborative Course of Action Analysis (CCOAA)
Corey Westrick html pdf

Poster 3: SAIC: From Science to SolutionsTM
Corey Westrick html pdf

Poster 4: Collaborative Technologies at Charles River Analytics
Alexander Feinman html pdf

Poster 5: XML Topic Maps Collaborative Argumentation Toolkit (X-CAT)
Eric Loomis html pdf

Poster 6: SplashNotes - Next Generation Ad Hoc Interactive Collaboration
Scott Tse html pdf

Poster Session Submission Information

We are soliciting posters that highlight late-breaking but preliminary results, results not suitable for a full paper, innovative new ideas, new commercial products, early student research, and other research best presented in an interactive forum. Posters will be presented in an informal session at the conference reception where researchers will interact directly with conference attendees. The posters will then remain up throughout the remainder of the conference.

There will be an easel or something equivalent provided for each poster. If something else is required, please specify in the proposal.

Please submit your poster proposal to Waleed W. Smari at waleed.smari@notes.udayton.edu by April 13, 2007. The proposal should include a title, the presenters, their affiliation and contact information, an abstract and a short bio.

Cost is same as paper presenter/attendee.

Poster 1

SD-Link

Corey Westrick

SAIC
USA

ABSTRACT

SD-Link is a collaborative communication technology that safely and securely connects applications on computers located behind separate firewalls. Unlike Application Server Providers (ASP) or Virtual Private Networks (VPN), SD-Link connections are more secure, require less setup, and involve no changes to existing firewall security.

BIOGRAPHY

Corey Westrick is a Software Engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Dayton, Ohio. He performs software and systems engineering activities for the Air Force Research Laboratory in the areas of automated test and evaluation, and collaborative systems. Mr. Westrick holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

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Poster 2

Collaborative Course of Action Analysis (CCOAA)

Corey Westrick

SAIC
USA

ABSTRACT

CCOAA is a capability that supports Course-of-Action (COA) developers in creating COAs to achieve the desired effect. Through collaborative techniques, CCOAA supports co-developers of multiple propose-blue and expected-red COAs. CCOAA then executes war gamming simulations to compute the expected results of the blue-red COA conflict scenarios. The COAs, simulation execution, and results are graphically displays providing decision makers with visual rendering of the possible consequences of the plans.

BIOGRAPHY

Corey Westrick is a Software Engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Dayton, Ohio. He performs software and systems engineering activities for the Air Force Research Laboratory in the areas of automated test and evaluation, and collaborative systems. Mr. Westrick holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

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Poster 3

SAIC: From Science to SolutionsTM

Corey Westrick

SAIC
USA

ABSTRACT

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a leading systems, solutions and technical services company, offers a broad range of expertise in defense modernization efforts, intelligence, homeland security, logistics and product support, health and life sciences, space and earth sciences and global commercial services.

BIOGRAPHY

Corey Westrick is a Software Engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Dayton, Ohio. He performs software and systems engineering activities for the Air Force Research Laboratory in the areas of automated test and evaluation, and collaborative systems. Mr. Westrick holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

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Poster 4

Collaborative Technologies at Charles River Analytics

Alexander Feinman

Charles River Analytics
Cambridge, MA
USA

ABSTRACT

Charles River Analytics is a small research firm located in Cambridge, MA. This poster will present an overview of collaborative technologies under development at Charles River. These include: REASON, an argumentation-based support system for managing and fostering group discussion and decision making; TREK, a role-based team support software toolkit for gathering, connecting, and supporting teams of experts; and REACT, a prototype toolkit for rapidly analyzing chat-based communication to monitor team performance.

BIOGRAPHY

Alexander Feinman is a Senior Scientist in the Decision Support Division at Charles River Analytics. His areas of interest include cognitive science, discourse analysis, and knowledge representation. Recent work has included research into the design of applications for team generation and support, modeling and simulation of human/agent interaction, discourse processing for team performance monitoring, and the impact of information representation on collaborative behavior. Dr. Feinman holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brandeis University.

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Poster 5

XML Topic Maps Collaborative Argumentation Toolkit (X-CAT)

Eric Loomis

The Design Knowledge Company
Ohio
USA

ABSTRACT

This poster presents research being performed by The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop tools to facilitate time-critical military decision support processes. In both the military and commercial domains, there is an overwhelming need for a robust methodology to support decision making in time critical situations. The X-CAT project is defining and developing argumentation-based approaches using XML topic maps (XTM), collaboration technologies, visualization techniques, course of action (CAS) tools, and other methods to support dynamic, time-critical activities such as support for military Defensive Counterspace (DCS) operations. The argumentation formalisms being designed for X-CAT provide a form of reasoning that account for uncertainty, ambiguity, and incomplete knowledge. With X-CAT for defensive counterspace operations, space warfighters will reduce the time required for time-critical decisions and will be able to rapidly provide inputs across echelons to build collaborative argument trees (known as fishbone diagrams). Automatic population of the fishbone diagrams with machine-to-machine data streams will reduce errors and augment the decision process.

X-CAT is being designed as an open-source, standards-based toolkit that enables rapid development of argumentation applications to support a variety of domains. It is based on the industry-standard ECLIPSE framework which enables distributed development, scalable deployment and a powerful plug-in architecture. X-CAT will also integrate JavaRank - a tool that was developed to display numeric data in spreadsheet format. Java Rank’s chief advantages over other spreadsheet programs are its abilities to collapse and expand data sets based on pre-defined criteria and to shade values of individual cells based on their value. X-CAT also incorporates NASA’s WorldWind visualization tool to enable innovative depiction of 2-D and 3-D decision support data. TDKC is planning to incorporate X-CAT technology into its current suite of decision support applications that are being developed for the military space operations market. There are several military and commercial applications of the X-CAT technology that will be highlighted in this poster session.

BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Loomis obtained his B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He has over twenty years of experience with research and development, business development, marketing, and software development. He is Vice President and one of the founders of The Design Knowledge Company (TDKC). Prior to TDKC, he worked for a variety of defense contractors including Ball Aerospace, MTL Systems, CACI, and Veridian. At Ball Aerospace he was the manager of research and development and led several projects for a variety of clients including USAF, Army, Navy, and NASA.

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Poster 6

SplashNotes - Next Generation Ad Hoc Interactive Collaboration

Scott Tse

Splashnote Systems Inc.
Santa Clara
California
USA

ABSTRACT

The poster presents research to develop next generation technologies to enable users and non-programmers to rapidly implement customized collaboration environments connecting distributed teams over multiple heterogeneous devices with links to data, information, people, and processes. Giving the user the power to directly create ad hoc decision support collaborative workspaces will significantly reduce the cost and time to deploy net centric customized systems, as well as reducing decision cycle times. Research addresses collaborative technology architecture in areas of dynamically configurable user interface, role based and intelligent information display, on-demand collaboration services for net-centric operations, workflow driven information sharing, and intelligent resource discovery.

BIOGRAPHY

Scott Tse is the Founder and President of SplashNote Systems, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA, a software startup currently developing an enterprise-level configurable collaboration platform. Its software enables common users to design, build, and deploy customized interactive applications on a self-service basis. Mr. Tse has nearly 20 years of experience that range from aerospace research to management consulting. His R&D experience includes multiple large-scale aerospace systems, and his consulting experience includes supply chain management, strategic sourcing, business process reengineering, reorganizations, market & competitive analyses, and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Tse has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an MBA with concentrations in strategy and operations from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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