Viterbi News Article: Viterbi School Faculty Member Appointed to National Academies Advisory Body

December 23, 2010

Expert on autonomous agents and randomized security systems joins Soldier Systems Panel

Professor Milind Tambe will join the 2011-12 Soldier Systems Panel, a National Academies advisory body aimed at helping the Army improve human factors studies.
Tambe: "... the interdisciplinary nature of the panel is something I'm excited about..."The unpaid appointment is for two years, during which Tambe and his colleagues will twice visit the Army’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) to be briefed on ongoing studies and ask questions.

HRED projects underway range from helmet-mounted displays, human-robot interactions, improved training techniques, injury prevention, performance of emergency medical procedures, soldier decision-making, team performance to many other areas. The ultimate result will be a Panel Report.

“Much of my own research group's work has focused on interactions of humans and intelligent agent systems so it will be delightful to review ARL research situated at this interface,” said Tambe. “The interdisciplinary nature of the panel is something I am excited about, and these interdisciplinary discussions are always challenging and yet highly rewarding.”

Tambe is a professor in the Viterbi School's Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and in the Department of Computer Science. Research teams co-led by Tambe have created a variety of randomized security systems now widely used in airports and being tested by the U.S. Coast Guard. For this and other work, Tambe recently received a Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award.



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