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Agents, Ontologies, Policies,&Visualization:Building Blocks of HMI of the Future

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Come join us to hear Jeff Bradshaw present on:
Agents, Ontologies, Policies, and Visualization: Building Blocks for the Human-Machine Interfaces of the Future

Jeff Bradshaw was our very first meetup speaker--one of the most interesting people you will ever meet--and we are delighted to have him come give us a follow-up three years later! Jeff is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. This will be his last presentation for at least two years as he leaves soon after for Congo!

This will also be at RTI, not far from the normal place.


Tomorrow's world will be filled with software agents and robotic agents embedded everywhere in the places and things around us. While these heterogeneous cooperating entities may operate at different levels of sophistication and with dynamically varying degrees of autonomy, they will require some common means of representing and appropriately participating in joint tasks.

In this talk, Jeff will give good and bad examples of agent assistants as they are used today and as they will be increasingly used in self-driving cars of the future. He discusses the role that ontologies and semantic policies play in creating an extensible core of knowledge for these agents and to assure that they operate within the bounds of safety and in line with human priorities and preferences. Finally, he will show how combining agents, ontologies, policies, and advanced forms of visualization that rely on an understanding of human perceptual and cognitive processes provide a powerful foundation for human-machine interfaces of the future. He will illustrate these principles by showcasing some of IHMC’s recent work with Nissan on intelligent fleet management services.


Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida (; Wikipedia). His professional writings have explored a wide range of topics in human and machine intelligence ( From 1985 to 2000, Bradshaw led research groups at The Boeing Company. Jeff is an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the University of Edinburgh, a former Visiting Professor at the Institut de Cognitique at the University of Bordeaux, and a member of the Graduate Faculty, Human-Centered Design Institute of the Florida Institute of Technology.

Though his earliest publications were focused on memory and language, Jeff’s research focus soon turned to a wide variety of topics relating human and machine intelligence. With Ken Ford, he edited the seminal volume Knowledge Acquisition as a Modeling Activity, and became well-known for his role in helping develop a suite of successful methodologies and tools for automated knowledge acquisition (ETS, Aquinas, Axotl, Canard, DDUCKS, eQuality). While at Boeing, he also led industry-wide efforts in aviation safety and training technologies, founding the emerging technologies group of the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC). He also provided technical leadership for projects to improve long-term follow-up care delivery for bone-marrow transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Jeff helped pioneer the research area of multi-agent systems, and his first book on the topic, Software Agents, became a classic in the field and a best-seller for The MIT Press. In addition, Jeff’s group at IHMC conducts research topics such as digital policy, identity management, semantic technologies, cyber sensemaking, self-driving cars, and visualizations that exploit principles of human perception and cognition. Results have been applied to scores of commercial and government applications. Jeff has organized a series of Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork (HART) workshops. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Council for the Nissan Research Center—Silicon Valley and was a co-editor of the Human-Centered Computing Department for IEEE Intelligent Systems.

Jeff has been the recipient of several awards and patents and has been an adviser for weighty initiatives in science, defense, space, industry, and academia worldwide. He was a member of the Defense Science Board 2015 Study on Autonomy, the Board on Global Science and Technology for the National Academies of Science, and the National Research Council Committee on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience Research. He is former chair of ACM SIGART (now SIGAI) and the RIACS Science Council for NASA Ames. He was a scientific advisor to the Cognitive Science Program at Sandia National Laboratories, the HCI and Visualization program at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and to the Japanese NEC Technology Paradigm Shifts initiative. He received the Web Intelligence Consortium Outstanding Contributions Award.

Jeff was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Belgium from 1975–1977, and his family has returned twice to live in France: once from 1993–1994 as a Fulbright Scholar and a second time from 2005–2006 as an unexpected “sabbatical” in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. Jeff has served twice as a bishop and twice as a counselor in the stake presidency of the Pensacola Florida Stake. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children and nine grandchildren. In July 2016, they will begin two years of service in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa Mission.

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