Human-Autonomy Teaming: Can Autonomy be a Good Team Player?

Prof. Nancy J. Cooke
Professor and Program Chair Human Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, AZ, USA

Abstract: A team is an interdependent group of three or more people who have different roles and who interact with one another toward a common goal. Teams can engage in physical activities as a unit (e.g., lifting a patient from bed), as well as cognitive activities (e.g., specialists coordinating on a patient's diagnosis). Team cognition is the execution of these cognitive activities (e.g., perception, planning, decision making) at a team level. But do teammates need to be people? Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have provided machines with increasingly levels of autonomy. The human-machine relationship can shift from humans supervising machines to humans teaming with machines. But do machines have what it takes to be good teammates? In this talk I will discuss what we know about team cognition in human teams and present some findings from studies of human-autonomy teams.

Prof. Nancy Cooke

Bio: Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and is Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She also directs ASU's Center for Human, AI, and Robot Teaming, and the Advanced Distributed Learning DOD Partnership Lab. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from New Mexico State University in 1987. Dr. Cooke is the Immediate Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the recent past chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She also recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Dr. Cooke was a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008-2012. In 2014 Dr. Cooke received the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Cooke's research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies, human-robot teaming, sensor operator threat detection cyber and intelligence analysis, remotely-piloted aircraft systems, healthcare systems, and emergency response systems. Dr. Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition. Her work is funded primarily by DoD.

Industry Keynote: Topic InfoOps

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Dr. Rand Waltzman
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Rand Waltzman

Bio: Rand Waltzman has created, planned and managed major research and development programs (> $100 M) and massive scale data analytics in areas of insider threat detection and applications of social media.
He is currently Deputy Chief Technology Officer at RAND Corporation, with former roles including CTO and Associate Director of Research of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Program Manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and Chief Scientist in the Distributed Systems Lab of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories.

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Dr. Doug Riecken
Program Officer Science of Information, Computation, Learning and Fusion
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), USA

Bio: Doug Riecken has worked for several decades with MIT's Marvin Minsky. His research includes commonsense reasoning, cognitive architectures/theories of mind, and the role of emotions. He has conducted research in agent based systems, end-user programming, music composition models, financial predictive modeling, big data analytics in smart-grid technologies and bioinformatics, real-time computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) environments, multimodal reasoning systems, and human/machine learning. He currently serves as a Program Officer at AFOSR. Prior assignments include: Interim Director and Senior Scientist for the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University, Department Head of the Commonsense Computing Research Department at IBM Research, and Department Head for several departments at AT&T's Bell Laboratories Research. Over the years, Riecken and his departments have created and delivered numerous research contributions, products and services. He has over 70 publications including several best paper awards and keynote addresses while serving on various advisory/editorial boards.


Jan 7: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin A. Knott (Office of Naval Research Global, Tokyo) will present a keynote address.
Dec 23: [Final Deadline Extension] Due to multiple requests, the paper submission deadline is extended to Jan. 6, 2019
Nov 2: We would like to thank our patrons Lockheed Martin and Charles River Analytics for their continued support!
Oct 22: First tutorial speaker announcements: Dave Braines (CTO Emerging Technology, IBM Research UK) will be giving a tutorial on XAI. Dr. Valentina Dragos (ONERA – The French Aerospace Lab) will instruct a tutorial on social data analysis for intelligence.

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