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Company Information:

Company Name:
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b/a SIFT
Address:
211 N 1st St.
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-
Phone:
(612) 578-7438
URL:
EIN:
411929753
DUNS:
103477993
Number of Employees:
32
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
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POC Name:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,500,768.00 31
SBIR Phase II $5,881,415.00 8
STTR Phase I $69,953.00 1

Award List:

Knowledge Acquisition Tools for Cognitive Design Aid and Development

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$116,480.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Harry Funk, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate (RPA) flight test and other previous and ongoing system evaluations [Dorn99] have demonstrated the military utility of Cognitive Decision Aiding Systems (CDASs). There is, however, an increasing awareness that the knowledgewhich must be acquired, captured, represented,… More

Cognitive Decision Aid Knowledge Acquisition Toolkit (CDAKAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$721,452.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Harry Funk, Vice President, R&D
Abstract:
"The Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate demonstrated the utility of Cognitive Decision Aiding Systems (CDASs). Unfortunately, the knowledge required to build CDASs is a tremendous hurdle to their de-velopment, fielding and maintenance. In Phase I, we documentedthe largest hurdle to efficient CDAS… More

Multi-Modal Control for Automatic Vehicle Management Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,929.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
""Optionally Piloted Vehicles" contain a human operator but enable him/her to decide when and whether to take control any given function. The transfer of control problem is the central challenge for OPVs, but we see this as a delegation issue which can beaddressed by the methods that succeed in… More

DOODLEBUG: A Distributed, Peer-to-Peer Approach to Cross-Domain Attack Correlation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,743.00
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Robert P. Goldman, Senior Principal Research Scientist
Abstract:
SIFT`s DOODLEBUG approach provides a revolutionary approach to intrusion event correlation and fusion. Existing correlation systems are brittle, mostly rule-based systems that provide centralized correlation of intrusion events from very restricted areas. They require access to confidential… More

The "Etiquette Quotient"; Evaluating Social Skills in Conversational Avatars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,698.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Making avatars react appropriately in social interaction--to take offense when reasonable, to give deference where appropriate, etc.-- is a more fundamental need for believability and cost-effectiveness than is accuracy in appearance, especially for military applications such as cross-cultural… More

Cultural Etiquette and its Impact on Directive Human Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,488.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
We argue that traditional definitions of cultural factors (e.g., Hofstede, Nisbett, etc.) are too abstract to provide good, predictive models of important human performance behaviors. Instead, we propose examination of culture-specific "etiquette" as a more concrete and quantifiable bridge between… More

Plan Understanding & Mission Assessment (PUMA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,953.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Robert Goldman, Senior Researcher
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
RI Contact:
D.e. Van
Abstract:
Two technologies with nearly perfect complementary capabilities are combined in this project. Univer-sity of Virginia has developed the Tactical Interface for Monitoring and Retargeting (TIMR), based on recent Tactical Tomahawk work. This provides decision aiding and an underlying simulation… More

Cultural Etiquette and its Impact on Directive Human Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$748,951.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
We argue that traditional cultural factors (from Hofstede, Nisbett, etc.) are too abstract to provide good, predictive models of important human performance behaviors such as compliance with directives. Instead, we focus on culture-specific social interaction behaviors in language, gesture, etc.… More

An Automated Evaluation and Critiquing Aid for User Interface Design

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,989.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We will leverage our prior work on Adaptive Information Management (AIM) to provide a core reasoning capability usable in a diverse set of tools to aid and assist in the review, design, evaluation and management of user interfaces (UIs). We have a task-linked information representation and… More

Delegation in LoA3 Space

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,896.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Chris Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
We propose a framework and testbed for structured examination of possible delegation approaches, using a three-dimensional model of delegation characteristics: authority, abstraction, and aggregation. The testbed uses Playbook(R), a sophisticated tool for commanding automation in multiple regions… More

Interactive Phrasebook

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Effective cultural training teaches an understanding of appropriate social interactions in context-to take offense when reasonable, to give deference where appropriate, etc. Systems that provide realistic rehearsals have a fundamental need for believability beyond accuracy in appearance, and have… More

Extremely Low Attention Demand Information Systems (ELADIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,386.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Chris Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
We bring together research from cognitive psychology, social psychology and neuroscience to create an innovative approach to enhancing recognition of facial images through brief exposure presentation. Recent research has established that such brief exposure presentations can be more effective than… More

Kulit - A Workflow for High Resolution Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
The Kulit communication software breaks free of the foil on an overhead projector model, with an efficient flexible workflow that goes from the author to the audience. Kulit emphasizes a tactical approach to creating an effective communication, by thinking about what message needs to be… More

An Automated Evaluation and Critiquing Aid for User Interface Design

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$598,133.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher S. Miller, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We will leverage our prior work on Adaptive Information Management (AIM) to provide a core reasoning capability for use in an interactive and quantitative evaluation aid to assist designers in developing user interfaces (UIs). We have a task-linked information representation and associated… More

Sensing Using Physical and Psychological Observations for Rehabilitating Troops (SUPPORT)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Peggy Wu, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
The injuries of today's returning soldiers are dramatically different than those of previous deployments and necessitate unique forms of support. There have been increased incidences of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and early intervention can reduce the… More

Delegation in LoA3 Space

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,961.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Harry Funk, Vice President, R&D
Abstract:
We propose a framework and testbed for structured examination of possible delegation approaches, using a three-dimensional model of delegation characteristics: authority, abstraction, and aggregation. The testbed uses Playbook(R), a sophisticated tool for commanding automation in multiple regions of… More

GRASP: Global Recognition of Attacker Signatures and Policy Response

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,644.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
GRASP integrates three innovative new technologies: application intrusion detection, proactive deception of attackers, and application intrusion response into technology to collect intelligence on the humans behind cyber attacks and adapt the mandatory operating system policy to prevent the… More

SAFE-P: System for Assurance of Flight Executable Procedures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,884.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Problem: Ensuring that command execution scripts do not deviate from Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is time-consuming, costly, and error-prone. Deviations can be inefficient or hazardous. Solution: We propose to design and develop SAFE-P, an interactive tool to ensure conformance between… More

Extremely Low Attention Demand Information Systems (ELADIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$734,041.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
We bring together research from cognitive psychology, social psychology and neuroscience to create an innovative approach to enhance recognition of facial images through brief exposure presentation. We rely on two presentation methods to produce a measurable affective reaction to facial images which… More

Concepts for the Integrated Visualization of Effects (CONCEIVE)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$96,206.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Peggy Wu, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
As Air Operations Centers (AOCs) expand their capabilities by integrating space and cyberspace information into the air domain, the influx of relevant data must be presented to avoid information overload while enabling shorter planning cycles as well as an increasing variety of effects on an… More

Interface Management through Automated Generation and Evaluation (IMAGE)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,094.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Miller, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Configuration Management for User Interface (UI) design must go beyond traditional version control and traceability to include enforcement of style rules, assessment of required coverage and evaluation of compatibility and consistency with other systems or prior UI versions for similar tasks. SIFT… More

SAFE-P: System for Assurance of Flight Executable Procedures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,924.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
NASA operates manned spacecraft according to rigorously-defined standard operating procedures. Unfortunately, operating procedures are often written in different languages. For example, Orion will use automatic procedures written in SCL, the Spacecraft Command Language, while backup manual… More

PARCEL: Planning And Rewards for Community Enabled Learning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,560.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
SIFT proposes the PARCEL technology to establish a knowledge economy for solving hard problems that require thousands of participants. PARCEL rewards participants with a combination of altruism, recognition, competition and monetary rewards. PARCEL provides a collaboration environment that… More

SAT-CIRCA: Verifiable Real-Time Autonomy for Satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,895.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Senior Principal Research Scientist
Abstract:
On-board autonomy for satellite defense poses significant challenges to today's planning and execution technology, including mission-critical performance, hard real-time deadlines, and limited computational resources. To meet these challenges, SIFT proposes to build SAT-CIRCA: an integrated,… More

DTACSS: Decision-Theoretic Automation for Coordinated Space Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,860.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Senior Principal Research Scientist
Abstract:
While the United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies, our satellite assets are increasingly vulnerable to attacks and collisions with debris or other satellites. Current space surveillance systems are stovepiped and unresponsive; when possible collisions ("orbital… More

HyDRA: Highly Distributed Real-time Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,779.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Robert P. Goldman, Principal Research Scientist
Abstract:
SIFT, LLC, proposes to develop HyDRA, a network-centric, mixed-initiative, distributed planning system that will provide real-time response to complex situations evolving at different time scales and in different locations. SIFT will draw on experience with three key technologies: partial… More

SAT-CIRCA: Verifiable Real-Time Autonomy for Satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,881.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Senior Principal Research – (612) 325-9314
Abstract:
SIFT proposes to build SAT-CIRCA: an integrated, verifiable architecture for real-time satellite response planning and execution. In previous research, we have developed the Cooperative Intelligent Real-time Control Architecture (CIRCA), including a planning system uniquely capable of reasoning… More

SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,852.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen, Senior Research Scientist – (612) 789-0559
Abstract:
The main challenges of treating post-combatant PTSD include getting patients into treatment, keeping them engaged, and motivating them to complete out-of-session take-home work. SAGA (Sequential Art via Game Assistance) addresses these challenges by providing PTSD patients an engaging and… More

CALM Customized Anger Level Management

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,626.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Sonja Schmer-Galunder, Research Scientist – (646) 464-1924
Abstract:
From a provider perspective, the effective and evidence-based treatment of post-deployment psycho-logical health issues is time intensive and costly. For the patient, therapy is hard work and successful recovery is dependent on motivation and social support. CALM - Customized Anger Level Manage-ment… More

ADEPT: Advanced Deception Enhancing Protection Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,411.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen, Senior Research Scientist – (612) 789-0559
Abstract:
The proposed ADEPT technology combines the science of cognitive psychology with centuries of magicians'practical performance experience to create a new science of deception for computer security. The ADEPT approach learns about the motives and real-world attributes of people by analyzing… More

D-HAMMER: Distributed Highly Autonomous Mission Manager for Event Response

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,292.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Musliner, Principal Researcher – (612) 325-9314
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: SIFT proposes to design D-HAMMER a real-time autonomous on-board constraint- and model-based planning system to meet the challenges of fielding responsive, survivable, and cost-effective on-board autonomy for Air Force satellites. D-HAMMER is a three layer on-board autonomy… More

GROK: Generating Reports On Knowledge

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,917.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David McDonald, Senior Research Scientist – (781) 718-1964
Abstract:
The proposed technology: GROK (Generating Reports On Knowledge) combines existing open source research tools to automatically generate reports from a dynamically changing set of documents. GROK presents the generated reports with a novel, uncluttered interface designed to save the analyst time in… More

LL-HAMMER: Long Lived Highly Autonomous Mission Manager for Event Response

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,972.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David J. Musliner, Senior Principal Research Scientist – (612) 325-9314
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Military missions increasingly rely on satellites for surveillance, communication, and navigation. While performing these mission-critical tasks, satellites must respond quickly to new enemy threats and changing mission objectives. Under prior AFRL SBIR awards, SIFT and TRACLabs have… More

ANSIBLE: A Network of Social Interactions for Bilateral Life Enhancement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$123,781.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Peggy Wu, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
ANSIBLE (A Network of Social Interactions for Bilateral Life Enhancement) can be used pre, during, and post flight to connect the flight crew with their family, friends, and the ground crew to provide a sense of social consistency and permanence. ANSIBLE is a multi-modal toolset that 1) adapts,… More

CANTO: The Constructive Agent NLI Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,607.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David McDonald, Senior Researcher – (781) 718-1964
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: SIFT will dramatically improve the Air Force's ability to train using synthetic teammates by leveraging prior synthetic teammate research to develop a generalized and reusable natural language interaction (NLI) development toolkit for constructive agents. We will simplify the… More

STABILITY: Statistical Verification, Explanation Based Learning, and Interaction Testing for Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,094.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Bryce, Senior Scientist – (435) 213-5776
Abstract:
Complex systems are inherently difficult to analyze because they include multiple sub-systems that interact in stochastic and context-dependent ways. A particular challenge in designing such systems is to foresee the possible emergent interactions between the sub-systems. System repurposing makes… More

STRIDER: Semantic Targeting of Relevant Individuals, Dispositions, Events, and Relations

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,747.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Mark Burstein, Principal Research Scientist – (781) 799-3603
Abstract:
The proposed STRIDER (Semantic Targeting of Relevant Individuals, Dispositions, Events, and Relations) technology combines an open source semantic parser with task-specific knowledge structures and diagram-based user interfaces to automatically extract, display, and record mission-relevant… More

SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$999,072.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen, Principal Researcher – (612) 789-0559
Abstract:
The main challenges of treating PTSD include getting patients into treatment, keeping them engaged, and motivating them to complete out-of-session take-home work. SAGA (Sequential Art via Game Assistance) addresses these challenges by providing PTSD patients an engaging and educational game… More

FLA2SH: Flexible Levels of Adaptable Autonomy for Sensor Handling

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$142,128.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Christopher A. Miller, Chief Scientist – (612) 716-4015
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: SIFT, with subject matter expertise from the UAS pilots and sensor operators (SOs) at UAV Associates and in sensor processing capabilities from Ball Aerospace, will develop FLA2SH (Flexible Levels of Adaptable Autonomy for Sensor Handling) to extend and integrate with AFRL"s… More

CAMO: Cognitive Assessment and Monitoring of Operators

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,825.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Tammy Ott, Researcher – (920) 265-5208
Abstract:
SIFT proposes to develop CAMO (Cognitive Assessment and Monitoring of Operators), a zero-intrusion method for human-machine state assessment. Our unique approach utilizes behavioral data already be-ing generated and collected during normal task completion, eliminating the need for additional tasks… More