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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Collaborative Automation for Dynamic Re-planning — How to get Humans and Machines to Work Together Towards Better Decisions


Ronald Scott
Raytheon BBN Technologies
Information and Knowledge Technologies Group

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

ScottAutomated systems, ranging from robots to intelligent planning aids, are increasingly part of the cognitive landscape. A pressing question in the design and development of automated systems is how to design "collaborative automation" systems which foster effective collaboration between the human and automated agents. While much current research in collaborative automation is focused on real-time automation (for unmanned vehicles, for example), this discussion will describe work at the other end of the spectrum. I will report on work done in the area of decision support systems for a military transportation organization, in which tailored visualizations have been coupled with automated components (schedulers and simulation models). While we have the luxury of time in that our users do not have to make immediate decisions, the prototype decision support systems we have built allow users to evaluate complex decision spaces against poorly formed and situation-dependent priorities.


Ronald Scott is a Lead Scientist in the Information and Knowledge Technologies group at Raytheon BBN Technologies. Dr. Scott has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and has been at BBN since 1981, developing advanced systems in a variety of fields ranging from signal processing to scene understanding in an underwater environment to developing a system to help the IRS decide what tax returns to audit. For the last decade he has been leading a multi-disciplinary team (software engineers, graphics designers, visualization specialists, cognitive psychologists) in efforts to design better decision support systems for the Air Force.