Senior Cognitive Scientist & Cognitive Models Core Research Area Lead, Airman Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory
- Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
- Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)
The rise in autonomous system research and development combined with the maturation of computational cognitive architectures holds the promise of high-cognitive-fidelity agents capable of operating as team members for training. Such Autonomous Synthetic Teammates (ASTs) have been promised to replace humans in team training situations while maintaining training efficacy. I will present an ACT-R model capable of operating as a team member within a remotely- piloted aircraft system and provide the results from a first-of-its-kind controlled, randomized empirical evaluation in which teams that worked with an AST were compared against all-human teams. The results demonstrate that ASTs can be incorporated into human teams, providing training opportunities when team members are unavailable.
- Speaker's Bio
Dr. Myers received his PhD in cognitive science from Rensselaer under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Gray. Following school, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Arizona State University with Dr. Nancy Cooke where they collaborated with members of the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a synthetic teammate capable of completing a remotely piloted aerial system reconnaissance task with human team members. Dr. Myers subsequently accepted a position in the Cognitive Science, Models, & Agents Branch of the Airman Systems Directorate in the Air Force Research Laboratory where he continues working toward synthetic teammates and physiocognitive computational process models.
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