2020 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA)

 May 4-7, 2020  postponed
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Photo Credit: Welcome to Victoria BC by LASZLO ILYES / CC-BY-2.0


Learning, Reasoning, and Fusion in Human-Machine Teams

Time: Tuesday, May 5

Prof. Edward Waltz
Professor of Practice (Intelligence), Center for MultiINT Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA

Edward Waltz

Bio: Edward Waltz is Professor of Practice (Intelligence) in the Center for MultiINT Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where he lectures and conducts research into intelligence processing from multiple intelligence sources. Prior to this position, he was Division Chief at the Advanced Concepts National Reconnaissance Office and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Virginia Tech. He also held senior positions with BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (Chief Scientist), General Dynamics, and Veridian (Technical Director, Senior Scientist) where he was developing and deploying signal processing, data fusion and intelligence analysis capabilities. Mr. Waltz also led numerous hard target Multi-INT studies and tool developments for different agencies. He has given over 45 international lectures on intelligence and was a regular invited lecturer at the National Intelligence University on Advanced Analytics. Mr. Waltz is a recipient of the National Intelligence Unit Meritorious Citation and the DoD Joe Mignona Data Fusion Award. He is also the author of numerous books: Quantitative Intelligence Analysis, Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise, Information Warfare Principles and Operations and the coauthor of Counterdeception Principles and Applications for National Security and Multisensor Data Fusion.

The Artful Mind, Machines, Codes and the Wonder of It All

Time: Wednesday, May 6

Dr. Bob Deutsch
Founder & President, Brain-Sells, USA

Dr. Bob Deutsch Bio: Dr. Bob Deutsch is a cognitive neuroscientist (Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and was a professor of psychiatry and cultural anthropology (Rutgers University), who is founder of the consulting practice, Brain-Sells.(www.brain-sells.com). Bob has worked in primitive tribal societies, in the strategy rooms along Pennsylvania Avenue (both as a State Dept. Foreign Service Officer and a consultant) and in the business war rooms on Madison Ave. His focus has been on understanding how real people, living real lives, on-the-ground, real-time, experience their everyday life, and how they use that self-narrative to propel their attachments to and decisions about products, persons and ideas. Bob's work has been applied to business, politics, education, entertainment and technology.

At the beginning of his career, under the auspices of The New York Zoological Society, Bob worked at Jane Goodall's Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve, studying beginnings and endings to social interactions. He then went on to study the behavior and decision-making styles of "big-bosses" in corporate C-suites, in governments and in children's playground groups. Bob's aim throughout this period was to understand the styles of leadership, followship and attachment.

Under the auspices of Nobel Laureate, Konrad Lorenz and Germany's Max Planck Society, Bob then lived in two primitive tribes - the Eipo of Irian Jaya and the Yanomamo of the Amazon - to study how leading ideas take hold in a culture (1975-80). Subsequently, he applied that work as a State Department diplomat, specializing in international negotiations and public diplomacy (1980-92). Afterwards, he set up his consulting practice, Brain-Sells (1992-present) to bring his knowledge on human nature and the nature of mind to the world of communication design, strategy planning and brand and content development for advertising agencies, PR firms, corporations, entertainment companies, public policy organizations and law firms.

Bob's deep knowledge is so universally applicable that he has successfully consulted in many different domains, from packaged goods to climate change to luxury to counter-terrorism. Bob is also a frequent speaker and writer on what one sees when casting a primal eye on modernity. He is also an op-ed contributor to newspapers and magazines, and has been a commentator on network and cable TV, addressing public policy and business issues. He has also given a TEDx Talk on "The Imaginative Mind."

Bob's first book, THE FIVE ESSENTIALS (Penguin, 2012), describes how sensuality, metaphor and paradoxical integration help decision-makers deal with complexity. He is presently finishing his second book, BECOMING AN ARTFUL THINKER. In part, this book applies insights gained from Bob's many interviews with famous musicians, singer-songwriters, novelists, actors, movie directors, designers, choreographers and chefs - all artful thinkers - to provide important lessons for success in dealing with today's too fast and too complex world.

Why Attempts to Create AI Systems that Can Engage with Humans in Dialogue so Often Fail

Time: Thursday, May 7

Prof. Barry Smith
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Prof. Barry Smith

Bio: Barry Smith is a prominent contributor to both theoretical and applied research in ontology. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo, with joint appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Neurology, and Computer Science and Engineering. Smith is the author of some 300 peer-reviewed publications, with over 33,000 citations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, the European Union, and the US Department of Defense. Smith is the creator of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), the most commonly adopted upper-level ontology development framework and recently approved to become international standard ISO/IEC:21838-2. His work led also to the formation of the OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) Foundry, a suite of interoperable ontology modules designed to support information-driven research in biology and biomedicine. The methodology underlying BFO and the OBO Foundry is being applied in a range of different domains, including military intelligence, space situational awareness, digital manufacturing, and model-based systems engineering.


Mar 10: COVID-19 update:
Conference postponed!
We are exploring alternative dates in August/September 2020. We will provide further updates soon.

Mar 9: Program outline posted.
Mar 2: Conference registration: Wire transfer information updated.
Mar 2: Prof. Paulo Costa (George Mason Univ., USA) will instruct a tutorial on Evaluating Uncertainty Techniques for Situation Awareness Information Fusion Systems.
Feb 24: Conference registration is available.
Feb 19: Keynotes schedule updated.
Feb 17: Hotel reservation at the group rate is available.
Feb 14: Information on Venue and Travel added. Please check back for further updates!
Feb 12: Special thanks goes to our great TPC for the thorough review process!
Feb 5: We thank the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF) for supporting us!

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