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.

SIFT has been awarded a 4-year, $3M DARPA contract to work on adaptive cyber immunity under the CRASH program. From DARPA's website:

SIFT Scientists Christopher Miller, Peggy Wu, Tammy Ott, and Vanessa Vakili are authors of the chapter, "Politeness and Etiquette Modeling," in the newly published book Handbook of Research on Culturally-Aware Information Technology: Perspectives and Models, by Emmanuel G. Blanchard and Daniele Allard (Ed.). IGI Global.

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Ms. Peggy Wu will be presenting a paper entitled "The Current Bottleneck for Computer-based Culture Training - Who Cares About Etiquette?" at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) to take place in San Francisco, Sept 27 - October 1, 2010.

Dr. David J. Musliner was recently awarded USPTO patent #7774297 System and method for network security, as a part of the CORTEX system for resilient database cyber-security ideas.

Dr. Robert Goldman co-authored two papers for the AAAI workshop on Plan, Activity and Intent Recognition (PAIR-2010). 

The first, "Plan Libraries for Plan Recognition: Do We Really Know What They Model?" was co-authored with  Frodauld Kabanza & Phillipe Bellefeuille from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec.

The second, "Handling Looping and Optional Actions in YAPPR" was co-authored with Chris Geib from the University of Edinburgh.