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President of Charles River Analytics Delivers Keynote Address at AAAI Spring Symposium 2009

Dr. Greg Zacharias, President and Senior Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics, delivered the keynote address at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2009) Spring Symposium, which took place at Stanford University March 23-25, 2009. AAAI hosts symposia twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, for practitioners in the field of artificial intelligence to share their research in a small group setting.

The focus of this symposium was Technosocial Predictive Analytics, an effort borne out of the pressing need to deal proactively with events that “challenge the security, health, and sustainable growth of our planet, [with an] international community unprepared for the catastrophic outcomes.” The symposium’s goal was to help develop “new methods for anticipatory analytical thinking that implement a multi-perspective approach to predictive modeling through the integration of human and physical models, leveraging knowledge from both the social and natural sciences, [utilizing] disciplines capable of supporting the modeling tasks by enhancing cognitive access, and facilitating the achievement of knowledge inputs.”

The program featured Greg Zacharias of Charles River and Jean MacMillan of Aptima serving as the keynote speakers, jointly presenting an overview of the recently completed study they co-chaired for the National Research Council (NRC) entitled “Behavioral Modeling and Simulation: from Individuals to Societies.” The three-year study, which was sponsored by the US Air Force, included a committee of thirteen experts evaluating the state-of-the-art in developing and applying individual, organizational, and societal (IOS) models of human behavior, culminating in a broad set of recommendations for future Science and Technology investments for the Department of Defense.

Charles River’s Eric Carlson also attended the symposium where he presented the paper “User-Created and User-Adaptable Technosocial Modeling Methods,” coauthored with Dr. Jonathan Pfautz, Mr. David Koelle, and Dr. Emilie Roth.

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The report can be ordered through the National Academies Press.

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