About SIFT

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.

SIFT's highly experienced staff includes: Chris Miller, Harry Funk, Mark Burstein, Eric Engstrom, Robert Goldman, David Musliner, Mike Pelican, Dan Thomsen, Dan Bryce, David McDonald, Jeff Rye, Peggy Wu, J. Benton, Mike Boldt, Scott Friedman, Josh Hamell, Pete Keller, Ugur Kuter, Tammy Ott, Sonja Schmer-Galunder, Jordan Thayer, and Joseph B. Mueller.

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New at SIFT...

Peggy Wu to present at 2015 HFES Health care Symposium

Ms. Wu to present NASA work at 2015 HFES Health care Symposium Feb 16, 2015 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel (https://www.hfes.org/Web/HFESMeetings/2015HealthCareSymposium.html).

Ms. Wu will discuss the paper entitled Automated Linguistic Approach to Derive Affect, Attitudes, and other Psycho-social Dimensions from Narratives based on the NASA funded project ADASTRA.

SIFT to present NASA funded work at AAAI Spring Symposium

Ms. Peggy Wu will present SIFT's NASA funded work at the AAAI spring symposium series (http://www.aaai.org/Symposia/Spring/sss15.php) in a paper entitled Mining for Psycho-social Dimensions through Socio-linguistics. She will discuss results from an ongoing three year effort developing non-intrusive linguistic techniques for detecting psycho-social states in a Mars exploration simulation. March 22-23, Palo Alto, CA.

HACKAR team co-authors a paper to appear in AAAI/IAAI-15

Drs. Ugur Kuter, Mark Burstein, J. Benton, Dan Bryce, Jordan Thayer and Steve McCoy will present their article HACKAR: Helpful Advice for Code Knowledge and Attack Resilience in the Emerging Applications track of the AAAI Innovative Applications of AI (IAAI-15) conference at Austin TX. This paper describes our HACKAR system, a novel combination of Java program analysis and automated learning and planning architecture to the domain of Java vulnerability analysis. The key feature of HACKAR is its ability to analyze Java programs at development-time, identifying vulnerabilities and ways to avoid them. A prepublication draft is available on request from Dr. Kuter. The published paper will be available in the AAAI archives as well as Dr. Kuter's web site.

Sonja Schmer-Galunder co-authors two publications

Ms. Sonja Schmer-Galunder is co-author of two forthcoming articles from her time at the Social, Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience laboratory at Columbia University. “Neural and genetic markers of vulnerability to post traumatic stress symptoms among survivors of the World Trade Center attacks” addresses the variability in the way people respond to trauma, in particular describing neural and genetic processes. The paper will appear in the journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Another paper entitled “Brain Mechanisms of Social Threat Effects on Working Memory” will appear in the prestigious journal Cerebral Cortex and looks at the effects of social evaluative threat and cortisol on working memory (WM), a core component of many important cognitive capabilities.

Drs. Miller and Kuter give University Lecture

Drs. Miller and Kuter recently traveled to the University of Colorado at Boulder and delivered a seminar on October 7th titled "Supervising Automation: Hierarchical Delegation for “Unmanned” Systems We Can Live With" to the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV). We focused on presenting Playbook (R) research and integrative research on hierarchical network planning, learning and representations-- including some recent and innovative work on automation "self confidence" and its expression and use by human supervisors. The audience was interdisciplinary including representatives of aeronautics, atmospheric sciences, automation, controls, communications and signal processing disciplines.

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