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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Oct 26th

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

We will have to cut the QUEST meeting this week to just a half hour. We have a variety of topics to discuss and will initiate the discussions and then carry them on virtually on the blog and into next week’s meeting.

1.) Fighting an Adaptable Foe – this was a think piece we developed a couple of years ago and recently came back up as we expanded our set of driver problems to include Cognitive EW. The premise of the piece is that there are lessons we’ve learned in fighting cancer. These include overly aggressive treatment can do more harm to the patient (morbidity and mortality) than no treatment. We noticed a similar effect in fighting insurgents. Overly aggressive treatment (killing every insurgent) similarly can hurt the long term goal of winning the hearts and minds of the populace that is critical to eventual success. We also noticed that in the fight in cyber that preventing all potential cyber damage makes mission success problematic. The same seems to be applicable for cognitive EW. We want to revisit the lessons and discuss their applicability or NOT to CEW.

2.) Defining an unexpected Query – Wingman solutions (solutions that a human can align with – interpredictability) require cognitive flexibility. Cognitive flexibility in the face of novelty requires consciousness!
a. Cognitive flexibility is our term to capture the need to be able to respond appropriately to an “unexpected query”. Unexpected Query can be defined along the axes used by Dr. Stone in his Autonomy discussion – the axes of fidelity of reality known to the agent and the applicability of the stored models of the agent to react appropriately to the situation.
b. Cognitive flexibility also captures the idea that alternative responses to the same stimuli.

3.) Google Approaching Consciousness – we recently had a discussion on can the internet become conscious (associated with a recent interview with Koch). To have that discussion requires a theory of consciousness. By using our working definition of consciousness we can examine a modern ‘alignable’ agent solution, The Google Caffeine system, for its relationship to the engineering characteristics of the Phenomenal aspects of consciousness.

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Oct 26th

QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Oct 19th

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The main topic this week is Autonomy. “Having the capability and freedom to self-direct to achieve mission objectives. An autonomous system makes choices and has the human’s proxy for those decisions.” Dr. Morley Stone, Chief Scientist for the 711th HPW, will provide us his perspectives on the current state of the art in Autonomy and relate that to the QUEST focus. Specifically providing us insight into the technical challenges for Autonomy:

1.) Human / Autonomous system interaction and collaboration

2.) Scalable Teaming of Autonomous systems

3.) Machine Reasoning and Intelligence

4.) Testing and Evaluation, Verification and Validation

Problem Statement: In a static environment, with a static mission, automation and autonomy converge. However, in reality, where dynamic environments collide with dynamic missions, automation can only support a small fraction of autonomy requirements.

As part of the discussion we hope to put some meat on defining ‘Unexpected Query’ – possibly defining in the space of fidelity of the model versus fidelity of the representation with reality.

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Oct 19th

QUEST Discussion Topics, Oct 12th

October 12, 2012 2 comments

QUEST Discussion Topics
October 12th, 2012

One of the really interesting discussion threads we’ve been pursuing is how to go from sensors to sensing. Conventional approaches follow the false premise that there is a distinct step between measurements and then exploitation. QUEST has argued against ALL staged models. The DARPA Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE) program is attempting to ‘teach sensors how to think’. By focusing on an intrinsic, objective-driven unification of sensing and exploitation the hope is to advance machine interpretation of reality. The driver problems being investigated as part of MSEE include the QUEST driver problems of developing actionable intelligence ‘products’ from imagery, video, communications intercepts and target tracking information. The idea is that by demonstrating from those very distinct sensors the ability for the sensor to determine what relevant data is you can address the drowning in data challenge. Our own Dr. Jared Culbertson will give us an update on the ongoing effort and its relation to the common framework we have been seeking in our QUEST mathematics group.

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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Oct 5th

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Articles
October 5th, 2012

This week, we are very excited to have Dr. Robert Mills lead a discussion on ‘cognitive electronic warfare’. Please see below for a more in depth description from him of what the discussion will cover.

I will give a presentation on what we are calling “cognitive electronic
warfare”. The talk will include a summary of technology developments
(e.g., software defined and cognitive radio) and organizational/policy
trends (e.g., dynamic spectrum access, multifunction waveforms) that
have revolutionized how the electromagnetic spectrum will be used in the foreseeable future. These trends present significant implications for
electronic warfare and argue for new way of thinking about EW in
general. To address these challenges, we (RYWE and AFIT) are developing a concept of cognitive EW based on a sense-learn-adapt framework. Cognitive EW covers a wide variety of research disciplines, including RF systems, electronic warfare, autonomous/cognitive systems, artificial intelligence, and of course, QUEST.

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Articles Oct 5th