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Computer Science Colloquium

Title: The Language of Goals: Facilitating cognitive partnerships between humans and machines
Speaker: Dr. Michael T. Cox
Affiliation:  Wright State Research Institute
Host: Dr. Judy Goldsmith
Time: 4:00-5:00PM, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Location: Theater – Davis Marksbury Building

Abstract: The concept of a cognitive partnership between humans and machines remains an aspiration rather than any achievement in the artificial intelligence community. Impeding the vision of partnership is the large mismatch between the means, the representation, and the language of shared behavior and decisions. We claim that a solution lies not in the amount of data available or the level of optimization of performance, rather successful cognitive partnerships will arise from a common language of goals. We will review an approach to explainable cognitive systems that focuses on a set of common goal operations and argue that a goal-based metaphor of interaction will facilitate successful partnerships.

Biography: Dr. Michael T. Cox is director of the Collaboration and Cognition Laboratory at Wright State University (WSU), Dayton, and a Senior Research Scientist at both the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and at Universal Technology Corporation. He also holds a joint appointment as Research Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at WSU. Dr. Cox served as a former DARPA/IPTO program manager (2008-2010) and came to WSRI from the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (2010-2014). Dr. Cox is engaged in research on high-level autonomy in both humans and machines. He studies mixed-initiative computing, human-machine teaming, case-based reasoning, causal and volitional explanation, multi-strategy learning, automated planning and scheduling, and computational metareasoning. Dr. Cox was a senior computer scientist for Raytheon BBN Technologies (2005-2008) and was an assistant professor for WSU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (1998-2004). He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, with a BS (highest honors, 1986) and a PhD (1996), both incomputer science. Dr. Cox was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (1996-1998).