SIFT recently became a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Program company.
- An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that gives workers ownership interest in the company in the form of shares of stock.
- ESOPs encourage employees to give their all as the company’s success translates into financial rewards.
- They also help staff to feel more appreciated and better compensated for the work they do.

SIFT has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as one of seven competitors in the AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC) Small Business Track. SIFT’s LACROSSE (LLM+AI Cyber Reasoning Security System) concept design received a one million dollar award and will compete in the AIxCC semi-final competition at DEF CON 2024 in Las Vegas in August, on the road to the 2025 final competition, which offers a four million dollar grand prize.

Brag: SIFT repeats its clean sweep of the Novelty Track in the AI Birds competition. Congratulations to David Musliner, Mike Pelican, Steven Johnston, Matt McLure, Christopher Tran and Helen Wauck.

SIFT is excited to welcome our new CEO, Mark Berman, who joined us last week. Mark's extensive experience leading advanced research groups will help shape SIFT’s next stage of considered growth, as we continue to deliver excellence across our broad research portfolio.

SIFT is proud to sponsor the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), which is the premier forum for exchanging the latest research results on the theory and applications of intelligent planning and scheduling systems that reason and act over extended timeframes to accomplish complex user-assigned tasks. ICAPS 2022 will be held virtually June 13-24, 2022.  See for more information about the ICAPS 2022 conference.

As part of the Raytheon BBN team for the DARPA OFFSET program, SIFT designed and implemented a Virtual Reality interface for swarm control. With Oregon State University, the interface was evaluated during live flight events throughout the program. Popular Science recently published an article providing some insight into the challenges and accomplishments from the capstone event in November 2021 : "An inside look at how one person can control a swarm of 130 robots"

Dr. Christopher Miller recently served as one of eleven members of the Committee on Human-System Integration Research Topics for the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

SIFT completed the final field exercise for DARPA's OFFSET (OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics) program in November 2021, at Ft Campbell, TN.  Throughout the program's four-year history, SIFT contributed to Raytheon BBN Technologies' team by designing, implementing, refining and testing command and control approaches in a virtual reality user interface for managing swarms of hundreds of real world heterogeneous unmanned vehicles.  Our I3 application (Immersive Interaction Interface) received live telemetry from platforms within the scenario, created tactic, platform, swarm, and mission plan in

SIFT researchers were active at this year's ICAPS 2021, the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling.  ICAPS 2021 was originally scheduled to happen in Guangzhou, in China, but had to be entirely virtual because of the COVID pandemic.