Incisive Analysis

The Office of Incisive Analysis focuses on maximizing insights from the massive, disparate, unreliable and dynamic data that areor could beavailable to analysts, in a timely manner. We are pursuing new sources of information from existing and novel data, and we are investigating innovative techniques that can be utilized in the processes of analysis. Our programs are in diverse technical disciplines but have common features:

  • Involve potential transition partners at all stages, beginning with the definition of success;
  • Create technologies that can earn the trust of the analyst
    user by providing the reasoning for results;
  • Address uncertainty and data provenance explicitly.

Acting Director

Dr. Rita Bush
(301) 851-7431
ProgramResearch AreaProgram Manager
ACE Forecasting, human judgment, machine learning, logic, critical thinking Steve Rieber
Aladdin Video Image, photograph, video, multimedia, computer vision, natural language processing, image processing, big data, video analytics, machine learning, speech processing Jill Crisman
Babel Multilingual/multidialectal speech recognition, keyword search algorithms, speech recognition in noisy environments, low resource languages, rapid adaptation to new languages and environments, machine learning Mary Harper
Finder Geolocation, localization, geospatial fusion, data fusion, machine learning, big data, image processing, image, photograph, video, multimedia, computer vision, natural language processing Jill Crisman
ForeST Forecasting, human judgment, machine learning, technical emergence, text analytics, big data, natural language processing Jason Matheny
FUSE Technical emergence, text analytics, knowledge discovery, big data, social network analysis, natural language processing, forecasting, machine learning Dewey Murdick
ICArUS Knowledge discovery, brain, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cognitive bias, judgment, decision making, behavioral science, human factors, training, tradecraft, data sense-making Brad Minnery
KDD Ontologies, alignment, information extraction, clustering, natural language processing, social network analysis, summarization, query expansion, document similarity, machine learning Art Becker
KRNS Knowledge discovery, brain, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cognitive bias, judgment, decision making, behavioral science, human factors, training, tradecraft, data sense-making, linguistics, language, semantics, culture Brad Minnery
Metaphor Natural language processing, cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphors, metaphors, culture, automatic cultural insights from metaphors Heather McCallum-Bayliss
OSI Large/errorful data sets, forecasting, public health, machine learning Jason Matheny
Reynard Social media, online games, virtual worlds, socio-cultural and linguistic factors Rita M. Bush
SCIL Natural language processing, sociology of groups, sociolinguistics, group behavior, social groups, online interaction, social roles Heather McCallum-Bayliss
SHO Usability of analytic products, visualization Karl F. Roenigk
Sirius Analytic insight and productivity, serious games, judgment, decision making Rita Bush