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INFORMS Boston Chapter Talk 11 March 2020 at 6:30 PM, Dr. Shawn Weil, Executive VP at Aptima, Inc., Operator state measurement in dynamic human/automation teams

  • 1.  INFORMS Boston Chapter Talk 11 March 2020 at 6:30 PM, Dr. Shawn Weil, Executive VP at Aptima, Inc., Operator state measurement in dynamic human/automation teams

    Posted 5 days ago
    Dear INFORMS, Boston Chapter Members,

    Please join us for a fascinating upcoming talk by Dr. Shawn Weil of Aptima, Inc. The talk will be at Aptima in Woburn, MA. We plan to have light food, drinks and to socialize before the talk from 6:30PM to 7:00PM. The talk will be between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. Some important details of the event are listed below. We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

    INFORMS Boston Chapter Talk 11 March 2020 at 6:30 PM, Dr. Shawn Weil, Executive VP at Aptima, Inc., Operator state measurement in dynamic human/automation teams

    Locations: Aptima, Inc., 12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA 01801

    Title: Operator state measurement in dynamic human/automation teams: Current work and future directions

    Abstract: Artificially intelligent (AI) agents are increasingly being considered and employed in complex training and operational environments. Whether being used as logistical help, decision-support, or as full-fledged teammates, the vision is for AI to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of teams, reduce costs and risks, and create a feedback loop that improves the value of AI system components over time. In many domains, significant resources have been expended to instrument environments that sense the state of the world and feed that information back to the AI so it can make relevant recommendations and actions. Similarly, the capability of AI components themselves are often monitored and fed back to the system. However, the physical, cognitive, and affective states of human users in these systems are often overlooked. In this talk, I'll (1) describe the criticality of incorporating human state information into complex, coupled systems, (2) discuss ongoing work at Aptima that reflects different approaches to individual and team state estimation/measurement, and (3) imagine the possibilities for future development that includes robust individual, team, system, and environmental state monitoring.

    Bio: Dr. Shawn Weil is a Principal Cognitive Scientist and Executive Vice President of Business Strategy at Aptima, Inc. In his role as EVP, he works with a broad range of Aptima's staff and consultants to ensure alignment between Aptima's technical capabilities and the real-world needs of Aptima's customers. Dr. Weil's research areas include social media, command and control, advanced training, and communications analysis for organizational assessment. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from The Ohio State University, with specializations in cognitive engineering, quantitative psychology, and psycholinguistics. Dr. Weil previously received a B.A. in Psychology/Music from Binghamton University (SUNY). He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Cognitive Science Society.



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    Daniel Rice
    Senior Principal Scientist
    FAST Labs™, BAE Systems
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