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Prof Julie A. Adams OSU

  • Presentation Title: A Science of Human-Machine Teaming: Fundamental Developments for Swarms.
  • Abstract: Biological inspiration for artificial systems abound. While a science is emerging of how biological swarms, both spatial (e.g., fish and starlings) and colony based (e.g., honeybees), behave and how to model them, and progress has been made regarding how a single human can influence swarms, we lack a full understanding of how a single human or individuals within an organization can influence swarms. Many unique challenges exist when attempting to emulate biological swarms and the associated capabilities that allow humans to influence them. First-response and military organizations seek to deploy swarms that obtain desired outcomes over variable-duration missions; thus, our research focuses on understanding the underlying biological phenomenon and the associated implications for human–swarm teaming. Our multiple pronged research focuses on analyzing biologically inspired communication protocols to identify correlations with swarm task performance; analyzing how factors impact humans’ abilities to influence swarms, including developing systems that allow human organizations, with potentially multiple humans influencing the swarm simultaneously, to effectively team with spatial and colony based swarms.
  • Speaker Bio:  

    Dr. Julie A. Adams is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Oregon State University. She is also the founder of the Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, prior to moving her laboratory to Oregon State.  Dr. Adams has worked in the area of human-machine teaming for over twenty five years. Throughout her career she has focused on human interaction with unmanned systems, but also focused on manned civilian and military aircraft at Honeywell, Inc. and commercial, consumer and industrial systems at the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Adams received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Computer Science and B.B.E. in Accounting from Siena College. She has over 125 referred publications and her research efforts have been featured in international news outlets including National Geographic, Scientific American Podcast, Der Spiegel, and BBC on-line.

    Her current work on distributed artificial intelligence is focused on optimizing mission success by developing coalition formation algorithms and methods and more recently combining coalition formation with mission planning to optimize the ability to generate acceptable mission plans in real time. She is a contributor to the National Academies report on Mainstreaming UUVs into the fleet for the CNO and is currently contributing to am Army BAST requested report on counter measures for UAVs.


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