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Quest Topics for Jan 6
Quest Topics for Jan 6, 2012
1.) We will start the new year by having an open discussion on the focus of quest. Although we will have a power point outline of the flow the goal is not to give you the story but to have the participants re-synch our common language / terminology / goals. Below is the current outline we will use – welcome back!

QUEST Point Paper (Qualia Exploitation of Sensing Technology)
Jan 6, 2012
Dr. Steve Rogers (‘Capt Amerika’)

Walk Away Points – QUEST – Cognitive Exoskeleton for Intelligence Amplification, IA not AI:
1.) Purpose of QUEST: Need for solutions to facilitate decision making in many areas – ISR/ PCPAD (layered sensing = ‘what to look at’), Cyber, ISHM, Cognitive EW, SSA, Medical, … . In all these areas we don’t lack data – in fact they all suffer from ‘drowning in data’. We lack relevant information! We don’t expect a magic bullet to replace the human thus the need for an integrated human/computer solution = flexible autonomy.

2.) What is unique about QUEST: traditional approaches put the computer between the world (cloud of potentially useful sensors and data) and the human. This results in – What is it doing? Why is it doing that? What will it do next? Quest solutions designed to allow the human / computer to align with each other, wingman solutions. The computer has a representation of the human’s representation of the battle space and vice versa, Theory of Mind. Along these lines we have an agent specific definition of data, information and context.

3.) Key characteristics of QUEST solutions:

a. Dual Process theory – intuition system (sys1) blended with deliberation system (sys2).

i. Autistic Sys1 (Intuition – Data Driven Artificial Intelligence, DDAI) – facilitate quick reflexive responses to stimuli that are close to prior experiences, signature based recognition. Conclusions of decisions made in sys1, gut or hunch decisions, are posted to the Sys2 representation without the details of the methodology, intuition.

ii. Deliberation Sys2 (‘feeling’ = Qualia) – multi-modal subjective simulation based narratives (artificial conscious representation where fundamental unit of cognition is a situation used for perception, recollection and for imagination) to allow handling the unexpected Query (includes a pattern completion inference mechanism – most of the concepts in perception are inferred not captured by sensors) and the key to re-programming of Sys1. Situated Conceptualization – Qualia theory of Relativity = red doesn’t come from the object it is created in your mind, making a computer that can ‘feel’. The conceptualizer is placed in the representation and provides the ‘feeling’ of self.

b. Theory – a common mathematical framework for both the human and the computer decision aid allows for theoretical bounding of performance of the integrated solution – a Theory of Knowledge (what can this team of humans/computers know?).

c. Close the Loop – interaction with the environment is the key to the generation of a stable, consistent and useful representation. Plausible narratives compete for attention and are continually refined based on their stability, consistency and usefulness.

Application Details ‘where are we now?’

4.) ISR/PCPAD – recently initiated -WAMI/FMV where do I look? How do I process all this extras data without increasing the number of human analysts? (Mission Driven Exploitation) – solve the layered sensing / D2D challenge – PCPADx cognitive unification, analyst pull

5.) Cyber – We have young airmen in the Network Defense business watching screens not unlike those in the DGSs watching video. We have malware detection approaches that are autistic. QUEST ‘unknown malware’ approaches allow humans to make better decisions because they can align the information provided to them to the decisions they have to make.

6.) Integrated Systems Health Monitoring – We have F-15s falling out of the sky and modern composite aircraft that we don’t know how to maintain. Addressing these issues by permeating the structures with sensors leads us back to the data overload issue and don’t address the fundamental question, ‘Can I do this mission in this aircraft at this moment?’ Initiated effort to bench test quest solutions.

Application domain agnostic flexible autonomy solutions to Sensor Data Exploitation are the key for a revolutionary breakthrough in the drowning in data problem.

Currently 125 people are active on the weekly mailings from across the country! Mixture of academics, industry and government scientists and engineers.

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