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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 https://icaps22.icaps-conference.org/ 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.

AFRL scientists selected SIFT's Project7 platform for human-machine team information analysis (Phase 2 SBIR, PI: Dr. Scott Friedman) as a Success Story and presented Project7 materials at the 2021 Human Systems Community of Interest Annual Meeting in September 2021.

SIFT Senior Researcher Sonja Schmer-Galunder participated in a panel discussion with Austria’s minister of Education, Science, and Research at the Research and Innovation Talk 2021 (ARIT) https://www.ostaustria.org/arit2021/program/ , organized by the Austrian Embassy in Washington D.C. The goal of this event is to foster American-Austrian collaborations and knowledge exchange by discussing how technological innovation can help address global challenges. 

Noam Benkler, a new SIFT hire, has just been awarded first place in the senior thesis category of the Federal Reserve's 2020 Minneapolis Economic Association (MEA) Undergraduate Student Paper Contest,which covers all colleges and universities in MN and WI, and will be honored during the 2020 MEA virtual conference next week!

SIFT’s Sonja Schmer-Galunder co-authored a Nature correspondence article discussing how behavioral sciences and human intentions have long influenced machine-learning and technological systems. 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03002-8 

SIFT Senior Researcher Sonja Schmer-Galunder was interviewed by Marina Koren from The Atlantic about what we can learn from our research on confinement and isolation studies in preparation for future space travel in the context of the current global COVID19 pandemic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-astronauts-isolation-social-distancing/608893/

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