SIFT and collaborator ATW, LLC will be presenting ANSIBLE - their NASA sponsored work on supporting  manned exploration class missions at Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC) in Laval, part of the 17th International Conferences and Exhibition of Virtual Technologies and Uses.  Their presentation will describe evidence-based strategies for behavioral health delivered through virtual environments.

Dr. Scott Friedman, Dr. David Musliner, and Mr. Jeffrey Rye published a journal article entitled "Improving Automated Cybersecurity by Generalizing Faults and Quantifying Patch Performance" in International Journal on Advances in Security, Volume 7, Number 3-4.  The paper describes methods for automatically detecting and characterizing faults in production-quality software and then automatically generating and evaluating patches.  The methods are demonstrated on the Apache HTTP server and other Linux applications.

Ms. Wu to present NASA work at 2015 HFES Health care Symposium Feb 16, 2015 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel (

Ms. Peggy Wu will present SIFT's NASA funded work at the AAAI spring symposium series ( in a paper entitled Mining for Psycho-social Dimensions through Socio-linguistics. She will discuss results from an ongoing three year effort developing non-intrusive linguistic techniques for detecting psycho-social states in a Mars exploration simulation. March 22-23, Palo Alto, CA.

Drs. Ugur Kuter, Mark Burstein, J. Benton, Dan Bryce, Jordan Thayer and Steve McCoy will present their article HACKAR: Helpful Advice for Code Knowledge and Attack Resilience in the Emerging Applications track of the AAAI Innovative Applications of AI (IAAI-15) conference at Austin TX. This paper describes our HACKAR system, a novel combination of Java program analysis and automated learning and planning architecture to the domain of Java vulnerability analysis.

Ms. Sonja Schmer-Galunder is co-author of two forthcoming articles from her time at the Social, Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience laboratory at Columbia University. “Neural and genetic markers of vulnerability to post traumatic stress symptoms among survivors of the World Trade Center attacks” addresses the variability in the way people respond to trauma, in particular describing neural and genetic processes.

Drs. Miller and Kuter recently traveled to the University of Colorado at Boulder and delivered a seminar on October 7th titled "Supervising Automation: Hierarchical Delegation for “Unmanned” Systems We Can Live With" to the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV). We focused on presenting Playbook (R) research and integrative research on hierarchical network planning, learning and representations-- including some recent and innovative work on automation "self confidence" and its expression and use by human supervisors.

Drs. Ugur Kuter and Robert Goldman are co-authors of the forthcoming article, "Plan Aggregation for Strong Cyclic Planning in Nondeterministic Domains," to appear in the prestigious journal, Artificial Intelligence (vol. 216, 2014). A prepublication draft is available on Dr. Goldman's homepage. The paper was written with researchers at the University of Maryland, Dr. Ron Alford, and Prof. Dana Nau, who have collaborated with SIFT on mulitple research projects (including, most recently, DARPA's OBTW program).

Dr. David McDonald's workshop paper, co-authored with Prof. James Pustejovsky, "Representing Inferences and their Lexicalization" has appeared in the on-line journal Advances in Cognitive Systems.  This summarizes our work on our C3 project.

[Updated 3 September 2014]

SIFT Researcher, Dr. David McDonald is one of the organizers of the 8th International Natural Language Generation Conference, being held June 19th to 21st 2014 in Philadelphia. This continues a series of international meetings in language generation going back to 1983, and this years will have participants from 12 different countries.

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