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SIFT Congratulates Senior Researcher Dr. Terry Zimmerman. Dr. Zimmerman has a co-authored a paper titled "CONSERVE: Client Side Intelligent Power Scheduling" which has been chosen for inclusion in the Tenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2011). 

Minnesota firms are playing a significant role in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ambitious research effort to revolutionize the design and manufacture of complex defense systems and vehicles, broadly referred to as complex cyber physical systems. This effort, called Adaptive Vehicle Make, is a portfolio of research programs with the goal to realize a 5X reduction in the time and cost associated with designing these systems.

SIFT, along with teammates University of Maryland (Drs. Dana Nau and Ugur Kuter) and Arizona State University (Dr. Subbarao Kambhampati), have been awarded a 39 month, $2M DARPA contract to develop decision aiding techniques, based on AI planning, to support US military operations planners, under the Oh By The Way (OBTW) program, BAA10-058. The total value of the contract with options exercised is over $3M.   

The primary objective is to develop a tool called S3, that will efficiently perform several key plan analysis functions on mission plans:

SIFT (Smart Information Flow Technologies) has acquired the domain name "sift.net" and our new website address is http://www.sift.net.   If you have visted us from either http://www.sift.info or http://www.siftech.com, you have been redirected to our new primary domain name.  

The Fall issue of AI Magazine includes an article co-authored by SIFT researcher, Dr. David McDonald, titled "Project Halo Update – Progress Toward Digital Aristotle".

SIFT's Chief Scientist, Dr. Christopher Miller, has been asked to chair the Human Automation Interaction  Committee at the Theseus Conference for the European Science Foundation held in Brussels in October 2010.

SIFT is pleased to announce the opening of its Boston, MA office. Joining the SIFT team in its Boston location will be Dr. Mark Burstein and Dr. David McDonald.

Dr. Mark Burstein has over 30 years experience in Artificial Intelligence research, primarily in knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation  and plausible reasoning for human-machine collaboration in planning and scheduling.  His research in recent years has focused specifically on a multi-strategy approach to human-guided machine learning of process models.

SIFT along with teammates Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oxford, have been awarded a one year, $1.6M DARPA contract to work on probabilistic verification  of system designs, under the META program.  This program is sponsored by DARPA.  From the DARPA website:

Drs. Robert P. Goldman and John Maraist will present work at the 2010 International Lisp Conference (ILC) this month in Reno. Both of their papers and presentations will highlight recently developed programming tools.

Dr. Christopher Miller is editor and co-author of three chapters in the new book Human-Computer Etiquette: Cultural Expectations and the Design Implications They Place on Computers and Technology, scheduled to be released December 22, 2010.  Also co-author on one of the chapters is another SIFT scientist, Ms. Peggy Wu.

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