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Daniel Speaks: CogSima

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Aptima Founder and CEO Daniel Serfaty will be presenting the Monday Keynote at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSima).

Dawn of the Multi-Species Systems: Human Performance Engineering in the Age of AI

Time: Monday, August 24, 10:10-11:10 a.m. EDT

Abstract: We are entering an age whereby the combination of human and machine intelligences is driving us to think beyond the classical paradigm of human-machine interaction design and into one of engineering a teaming or fusion between these capabilities. Human performance engineering is the collection of scientific and design methods that apply deep expertise in how humans think, learn, and behave to the goal of optimizing system performance and mission readiness. The insertion of advanced AI capabilities in those systems is a game changer, as it introduces system elements that learn, adapt, and change continuously as a result of reasoning about the observations it collects about the work environment and human behavior. Insuring that these hybrid systems behave within the performance envelop they have been designed for is a key challenge for the system designer. Using examples from the real world and ongoing research projects, we will highlight some key trends in human performance engineering and illustrate how the future of work, in domains ranging from training and education to manufacturing, defense, aviation, and medicine, will be highly dependent on our ability to thoughtfully engineer these new and autonomous human-AI “multi-species” systems.

Bio: Daniel is Aptima’s Principal Founder, establishing and implementing a vision for Aptima as the premier Human-Centered Engineering business in the world. Mr. Serfaty’s current work involves the technical leadership and coordination of inter-disciplinary projects for government agencies and private industries, in conjunction with several academic, industrial, and government teams. These efforts investigate factors that drive organizational performance, expertise development, and human-systems integration in large-scale, technology-rich socio-technical systems.

Prior to founding Aptima in 1995, Daniel was engineering group leader and program manager at Alphatech (now BAE Systems), where he coordinated projects in the decision-making, training, and human engineering areas.

For the last 25 years, Daniel’s research interests have included the application of rigorous modeling and experimental methods to improve decision-making performance, develop expertise in field settings, and apply systems engineering methods to the design of large-scale organizations. In addition to his technical pursuits, his many industry activities include participating in various technology leadership forums and serving on the board of directors for small technology businesses.