Smart Information Flow Technologies (SIFT) is a research and development consulting company specializing in Human Factors and Artificial Intelligence. SIFT's goal is to make the information flow between humans and technology better for both sides -- more efficient, productive, pleasant, and safer. In order to achieve this goal SIFT employs top engineers in the fields of Computer Science and Psychology who specialize in Human Computer Interaction, Interface Design, Human Performance, Artificial Intelligence, Network and Cybersecurity, and Politeness and Etiquette models.
Since our inception in 1999, SIFT personnel have extended the state of the art in a wide range of domains from commercial and military flight decks to DoD small unit operations and have authored well over a hundred papers documenting our many contributions to the state of the art in multiple fields.
Dr. Christopher Miller has been invited by representatives of the Department of Defense of Australia to provide the keynote presentation of the Defense Sciences Institute workshop on Autonomy and the Organization of Tasks at the University of Melbourne to be held on the topic of Automation and the Organization of Work on May 28 and May 29, 2013. In addition, Dr. Miller will present a Lecture in the Black Box series (named for the aviation “black box” which was invented there) to the Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) on the topic of “Achieving the Associate Relationship; Developing Human-Machine Interactions We Can Live With.” Dr. Miller will travel to Melbourne in mid-May and remain there to support these activities, along with interactions and guest lectures at Melbourne universities through mid-June.
Former SIFT summer intern Daniel Geschwender has won a $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for his continued pursuit of computer science education and research. This highly-competitive scholarship provides "a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers." Daniel is one of 271 recipients nationwide, with just 14 going to computer science students. Daniel is finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will continue his research on SAT Solvers and Machine Learning this summer at the University of British Columbia. Read more in the UNL news release.
SIFT has won a Phase 2 contract for SAGA. The SAGA project applies technology to provide therapeutic benefit to veterans suffering with PTSD. The technology creates an online game environment that combines therapy with creating graphic novelization (comics) of the PTSD patient's story. More information is available on the SAGA page.
Dr. Christopher Miller gave an invited address to the AAAI Fall Symposium on Human Interaction with Biologically-Inspired Swarms which took place in Washington D.C. in December. Dr. Miller spoke about the pros and cons of “true” swarms (which he defined as acting in accordance with an innate set of “instincts” or “source code” and not accepting any explicit tasking instructions) and contrasted them with explicit delegation approaches and adaptable automation in which explicit tasking instructions are a key feature. “The primary difference”, he claimed, “is the degree of 'controllability': swarms do what they do with little attention and workload required from a human supervisor. Insofar as we can find or create conditions in which they’re doing that..., that’s great… but we don’t have a great track record of controlling biological swarms, so perhaps some more explicit instructability will be desirable.”
As part of SIFT's continued commitment to the open source software community, the company will serve as a sponsor to Common-lisp.net, the primary revision control host for open source libraries written in the Common Lisp programming language. SIFT's sponsorship will help common-lisp.net commission and maintain a new server.