Charles River Analytics, Inc. - STANFORD, CA - 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.
About Dr. Greg Zacharias
: At Charles River Analytics, Dr. Zacharias
provides strategic direction for the Government Services and Commercial Solutions Divisions, while contributing to efforts in cognitive systems engineering and advanced decision support systems.
Before founding Charles River, he was a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies, a Research Engineer at C.S. Draper Labs, and a USAF attaché for the Space Shuttle program at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Dr. Zacharias was recently a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors, having served for more than ten years, and recently co-chaired the NRC study "Organizational Models: From Individuals to Societies.
is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory
and the Humans and Automation Laboratory.
Dr. Zacharias is also a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, serving as past Chair of the Human System Wing Advisory Group for Brooks City Base, as peer reviewer for AFRL, and current member of a Cyberoperations Task Force.
is currently on the board of the Embry-Riddle
Research Advisory Board and the Small Business Technology Coalition
Dr. Zacharias obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1977.