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International Evaluation Collaboration: Developing and Managing Infrastructure for Research and Development Programs

Author(s)

Rachel J. Bowers, Dennis Moellman, John S. Garofolo

Abstract

The most innovative technology can potentially meet any goals of research sponsors. However, this potential may never materialize if the program lacks infrastructure. Although most new programs address basic contractual and managerial components, often few funds are remaining to address other critical elements, such as data for training and testing, evaluation infrastructure development, and data annotations. For instance if a program starts without proper data to support development of the research, then progress tends to slow due to theories being tested on anecdotal amounts data, or worse, the researcher relies on his/her own data that may potentially artificially inflate results. The former situation tends to underestimate researcher ability, which could lead to a de-scoping or terminating program. The latter, may overestimate the researcher?s ability by yielding gains in the short run, while potentially harming funding for subsequent program cycles as new data raises challenges. This paper describes a management philosophy that mitigates such risk by adhering to rigorous evaluation and to a greater extent how evaluation collaboration positively addresses many of these challenges. This example is embodied in the management and execution of the Video Analysis and Content Extraction (VACE) program.
Conference Title
SPIE 2006 - OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FOR COUNTER-TERRORISM AND CRIME-FIGHTING

Keywords

analysis, collaboration, content, evaluation, extraction, program management, VACE

Citation

Bowers, R. , Moellman, D. and Garofolo, J. (1970), International Evaluation Collaboration: Developing and Managing Infrastructure for Research and Development Programs, SPIE 2006 - OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FOR COUNTER-TERRORISM AND CRIME-FIGHTING (Accessed February 24, 2024)
Created August 26, 2016, Updated January 27, 2020