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.


Organizations have predominantly focused on individual screening, training and selection tools designed to identify individual skills, knowledge and abilities. In fact, there are hundreds of assessments, psychological studies and research evaluations supporting individual performance. The problem is that there’ s no focus on team metrics or team design.


AdvancingX leaders understand the current climate and need for research that supports team-centered (human-centered) design and how measurable functional characteristics influence team outcomes and performance. It addresses these gaps through ongoing research and development focused on identifying;

  1. measurable functional characteristics and their influence on team success/outcomes
  2. how the addition of one team member influences team success

The above graph illustrates OTI scores that optimize team design. In this example the optimal team design would be made up of individuals who have an OTI score between 57.24 and 67.35.

In 2015, Dr. Diaz published peer reviewed research which successfully identified functional characteristics known to influence team outcomes; a functional approach aimed at identifying causal relationships to situational outcomes among individual characteristics and team outcomes. The research was applied to create the Organizational Team Index (OTI).

What We Do

We support military teams, astronaut teams and organizational teams assemble the best possible teams by applying the Organizational Team Index (OTI).

The OTI is the most advanced metric system designed to optimize team design to increase team efficiency, team performance and team cohesion. The 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

  • Human-System Interaction Design
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Conditions
  • Team Performance

With 95% confidence, the OTI is able to identify the best possible candidates to support optimal team design, significantly reducing organizational costs associated with three main areas:

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

Through our suite of services we support the selection of team members, carryout and monitor Team Performance Research, provide OTI Certifications, Program Training oversight, Team Training oversight, Team Performance Metrics, Performance Monitoring, and Performance Evaluations.

We certify the selected team’s efficiency, performance, and cohesion with 95% confidence, employing subject matter experts to provide a complete OTI certification program designed to successfully support optimal team outcomes.

The OTI Certification is the most advanced process for identifying the best candidates to support optimal team design to increase organizational performance outcomes. This leads to increased revenue, reduced expenses and a better work-life balance. The success of an organization’s vision and mission directly benefit from the OTI.

“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

(Campus Completion ETA 2020)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Executive Team

Eduardo Diaz, PhD

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 co-founder and member of the board of directors for, and Grainster labs. 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.