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SIFT Researcher Dr. Ugur Kuter is collaborating with Dr. Florent Teichteil-Königsbuch (ONERA, The French AeroSpace Lab) and Dr. Andrey Kolobov (Microsoft Research) to organize the ICAPS-14 Workshop on Models and Paradigms for Planning under Uncertainty to be held at the 2014 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Portsmouth, NH. The workshop focuses on planning models and approaches to planning under uncertainty.

A paper co-authored by SIFT Senior Researcher, Dr. David McDonald, has been accepted for presentation at the Second Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS 2013). Dr. McDonald will present the paper, titled "On the Representation of Inferences and their Lexicalization" at the conference in Baltimore Maryland on December 13, 2013.

SIFT's Fuzzbuster team has published two papers on meta-control and metrics for adaptive cybersecurity. The papers describe advances to the state-of-the-art in program analysis for rapidly and automatically identifying, characterizing, and repairing vulnerabilities in software. The publications include:

David J. Musliner, Scott E. Friedman, Jeffrey M. Rye, Tom Marble. (2013). Meta-control for Adaptative Cybersecurity in FUZZBUSTER. Proceedings of SASO 2013. Philadelphia, PA.

SIFT received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

For the SAFE-P II SBIR project, NASA has evaluated SIFT as "Exceptional" on all aspects of NASA's official Contractor Performance Assessment Report, including Quality of Product, Schedule, and Cost Control.

Dr. J. Benton has been awarded patent 8,473,447, "AI planning based quasi-monte carlo simulation method for probabilistic planning," with Dr. Sungwook Yoon, Dr. Minh Do, and Prof. Wheeler Ruml. This patent has a variety of applications including planning and scheduling in manufacturing, finding plans for mobile robots, and traffic management.

The Minneapolis affiliate of ABC recently aired an interview with SIFT staff about our "SAGA" (Sequential Art via Game Assist) program. The news segment describes how SAGA technology helps veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) work through their trauma story by writing and creating personal graphic novels or comics.

Non-Intrusive Detection of Psycho-Social Dimensions using Sociolinguistics, authored by SIFT researchers Peggy Wu, Jeffrey Rye, Christopher Miller and Sonja Schmer-Galunder has been accepted to the Social Network Analysis in Applications 2013 conference (SNAA 13).

NASA has awarded SIFT a Phase I SBIR for exploring the use of virtual environments for astronauts in deep space missions. ANSIBLE (A Network of Social Interactions for Bilateral Life Enhancement) can be used pre, during, and post flight to connect the flight crew with their family, friends, and the ground crew to provide a sense of social consistency and permanence.

Dr. Ugur Kuter has collaborated with University of Maryland graduate students Ron Alford and Vikas Shivashankar and faculty Dr. Dana Nau on a paper that will appear in the proceedings of the 2013 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-13). This work analyzes Hierarchical Task Network (HTN) planning in light of its difficulty providing complete domain knowledge, i.e., a complete and correct set of HTN methods for every task.

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