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Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Sept 2

QUEST Discussion Topics, Sept 2

QUEST topics Sept 2, 2011

1.) Topic one is a continuing discussion lead by Dr. Tsou on the Human Visual System. The idea is to leverage our discussion of Blindsight to decide the purpose / function of sys2 = qualia. The reason we are interested in this detail is we want to provide specific recommendation for experimentation on the application of QUEST ideas in the area of layered sensing exploitation.
2.) That brings us back to topic two – to continue the brainstorming session on the BURKA lab experiment and its potential use as the sys2 cognition engine for a quest agent. We’ve suggested emphasizing a Knowledge engineering video analysis (KEVA) / Video Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool (VIRAT) program application twist:
a. Modify Current KEVA/virat Capability:
i. Index, track, relocate objects of interest in stored and new still and streaming imagery
ii. VIRAT – The purpose of the VIRAT program was to create a database that could store large quantities of video, and make it easily searchable by intelligence agents to find “video content of interest” (e.g. “find all of the footage where three or more people are standing together in a group”) — this is known as “content-based searching”. [1] The other primary purpose was to create software that could provide “alerts” to intelligence operatives during live operations (e.g. “a person just entered the building”).[1]
3.) Capt Amerika proposed an experiment to investigate the application of QUEST concepts to solve the problem of what bits to exploit and at what resolution in a layered sensing environment. The idea is that we don’t have the option of processing all bits sensed for all possible meanings so we need an approach to decide what we look at and how we look at it. The multiresolution Burka experiment where conflicts between the simulation and the observations at coarse resolutions can drive exploitation resources and when those conflicts don’t exists we can avoid expending those exploitation resources and potentially not drown in that data will be discussed. We specifically want to add the details for ATRs and Trackers. We would also like to discuss the potential integration of human analyst in this discussion using technology to measure their sys1 response to a given set of data at a given resolution. We will examine the devices offered by the company Affectiva for this purpose.

4.) Someday we will get to the other topic – the recent Sci Amer ‘Mind’ issue July 2011, a word doc with some snippets from some of the articles can be provided to stimulate discussion.

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