Applying Human Behavior Research Findings into Actionable Measures to Support Team Outcomes.


Applying Human Behavior Research Findings into Actionable Measures to Support Team Outcomes.

Vision & Mission

Our mission is to continue identifying the most important human factors known to influence team success and team decision making.

The Organizational Team Index (OTI) measures functional characteristics, defined as the cognitive and evaluative processes such as intentions, emotions, planning, and perception, known to influence team decisions and outcomes. Its theoretical framework is grounded in Personality Systems Interactions developed from self-regulation theory and personality architecture. The OTI was developed from peer-reviewed research to optimize team design in order to mitigate risks associated with (1) Human-System Interaction Design, (2) Cognitive and Behavioral Conditions, and (3) Team Performance. With 95% confidence, the OTI is able to identify the best possible candidates to support team design, significantly reducing organizational costs associated with three main areas:

Team communication, cohesion and training | Team performance outcomes | Team error rates

What We Do

AdvancingX offers our applied research services to support advancements in optimal team design. Through our suite of services, we support selection, research, OTI Certification, Program Training oversight, Team Training oversight, Performance Metrics, Performance Monitoring, and Performance Evaluations. Applying peer-reviewed research, we certify the selected team’s efficiency, performance, and cohesion with 95% confidence, employing subject matter experts to provide a complete Organizational Team Index (OTI) certification program supporting successful team outcomes.

The Organizational Team Index (OTI) Certification is the most advanced process for identifying the best candidates to support optimal team design to Increase Revenue and Reduce Expenses. The success of an organization’s vision and mission directly benefit from the OTI.

The Organizational Team Index (OTI) Certification is the most advanced process for identifying the best candidates to support optimal team design to increase revenue and reduce expenses. The success of an organization’s vision and mission directly benefit from the OTI by:

Significantly reducing organizational costs associated with;
– Human resource selection
– Team communication, cohesion and training
– Team health, performance and effectiveness

Reducing Employment Practice Liability with;
– A data driven approach to hiring talent
– Supporting human resource methodologies
– Incorporating a consistent team metric based selection process

Advancements in team training and development;
– Reducing turnover
– Increasing knowledge transference
– Evaluating the effectiveness of training & development programs

“As a state that leads in innovation, research, and technology, Maryland is keenly interested in this research, especially as it relates to long-duration space missions.The Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Maryland, and the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have expressed interest in the human factor applications and research being poineered by Dr. Diaz and his team.”

Kenneth McCreedy

Sr. Director, Cybersecurity & Aerospace, Maryland Department of Commerce

The Campus


The Research Campus is focused on identifying the most important human factors know to influence team outcomes and team decision making. This specialized human-centered research and team design facility has opened a vast number of collaborative research opportunities.

The Technology Accelerator opens the doors to all innovators, regardless of the development stage. The membership program provides a
collaborative environment, and the creative space needed to ignite the birth of new companies at any stage of the development life-cycle.

The AdvancingX Data Center is an advanced facility that provides access to multiple on-premise cloud based and hardware based platforms. The facility also supports internships, collaboration, and social networking opportunities, meant to inspire learning, team building, and product development.

The Stem Education facility is focused on a hands-on approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In addition to Arts (STEAM), the facility incorporates real life opportunities to stimulate imagination and innovation. It is currently home to a duplicate space module where teams of students are challenged with collaborative projects designed to encourage social interaction.

Embodying innovation at its heart, Grainster Labs develops drones and robotics, and is engaged in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. Its focus is on supporting advancements in not only drone technology that would directly benefit farmers, but it is seeking other technologies that could have major positive social impacts in other industries.

The Executive Team

Dr. Eduardo Diaz, PhD

Dr. Eduardo Diaz, PhD

CEO, AdvancingX, and Executive Director, Research Center

As the AdvancingX Founder and CEO, Eduardo is a Human Factors Expert Scientist. He has been advancing the field of psychological research by identifying and implementing measurable processes to support optimal team design.

Stephen Gantz

Stephen Gantz

Executive Director, Technology Accelerator

Stephen is the CEO and Founder of Rainmaker Capital Partners. As a strategic advisor, he supports business development and partnerships.

Layne Fortenberry

Layne Fortenberry

Executive Director, Grainster Labs

Layne is the Co-Founder of Grainster and Grainster Labs, and currently resides on their Board of Directors. He supports organizational structure, business development and partnerships.

Sean Murray

Sean Murray

Executive Director, Data Center X

Sean spent 15 years at VMware and Pivotal as their Data Center and IT Director, and has built and operated multiple production data centers over the past 25 years. He oversees all design, operations, and technology for Data Center X.

Abhishek Chakrala

Abhishek Chakrala

Asst. Executive Director, Technology Accelerator

Abhishek is an Advisor to the Global Blockchain Foundation, recipient of Special Prize in European Satellite Navigation Competition and he holds a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He advises on innovative projects both at the Technology Accelerator and STEM Education.

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