Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Chris Anderson and Mark Gallagher at the Massachusetts High Technology Council. The MHTC spearheaded this project and its vision, with other partners including MITRE Corporation and Mesh Inc. providing technical support, and The New England Board of Higher Education, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Monster Government Solutions offering guidance on the selection and supply of relevant data sets for MATTERS.

Thanks also to WPI for support of this project, including Stephen Flavin, the Vice President and Dean of Academic & Corporate Development at WPI, Karen Kashmanian Oates, Dean of Arts and Science, and others.

We acknowledge support by National Science Foundation under grants IIS-1018443 and IIS-1117139 and equipment grant CCF-0811510. Caitlin Kuhlman is grateful for an appointment to the Student Research Participation Program at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center administered by ORISE through an interagency agreement between the U.S. DOE and NSRDEC. Ramoza Ahsan thanks the Fulbright Association for a scholarship. Rodica Neamtu thanks the WPI Computer Science department for support.