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Hoffman R.R.,Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition | McCloskey M.J.,361 Interactive, LLC
IEEE Intelligent Systems | Year: 2013

The conceptual distinction between requirements and desirements was introduced in a previous installment; here, the authors expand on the concept and specify a methodology for eliciting desirements in support of the development of intelligent systems. © 2001-2011 IEEE.

Bias R.G.,University of Texas at Austin | Hoffman R.,Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
IEEE Intelligent Systems | Year: 2013

If usability is to be a valuable, empirical methodology.. then where's the science in usability analysis? © 2013 IEEE.

Zhong N.,Maebashi Institute of Technology | Bradshaw J.M.,Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition | Liu J.,Hong Kong Baptist University | Taylor J.G.,Kings College London
IEEE Intelligent Systems | Year: 2011

Brain informatics (BI) is an emerging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research field that focuses on studying the mechanisms underlying the human information processing system. BI investigates the essential functions of the brain, ranging from perception to thinking, and encompassing such areas as multiperception, attention, emotion, memory, language, computation, heuristic search, reasoning, planning, decision making, problem solving, learning, discovery, and creativity. This special issue presents some of the best works being developed worldwide that deal with the new challenges of BI from an intelligent systems perspective. © 2011 IEEE.

News Article | January 15, 2016
Site: www.fastcompany.com

The robot takeover is nigh—but first, let one of your future masters clean your home. While last year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge sought a robot most capable of performing missions in disaster areas, the rest of us have been hoping for a mechanized friend better suited to more...immediate needs, such as doing our chores. Fortunately, the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, or IHMC, is taking us one step closer to the robot butler of our dreams with its multi-million-dollar Atlas. Since its second place win at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Team IHMC hasn’t slowed down its innovations, paying particular attention to Atlas. Case in point: The humanoid robot can now sweep floors. Atlas can also pick up boxes, fold up ladders, and move chairs—all useful résumé skills for when your office hires its next assistant. And in what we’re sure is an attempt to showcase its humanity (and thereby luring us into a false sense of security before stealing our identities), Atlas appears to have the capacity for the very-human traits of laziness and inefficiency, as evidenced by it throwing a paper airplane. Next up on the docket: teaching Atlas how to scroll Facebook and access your bank account.

Koschmann T.,University of Illinois at Springfield | LeBaron C.,Brigham Young University | Goodwin C.,University of California at Los Angeles | Feltovich P.,Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Journal of Pragmatics | Year: 2011

As our contribution to this special issue, we examine how understandings of objects are talked and worked into being within concerted action. We will argue that formal procedure can serve as a resource in this regard. Procedures make relevant certain kinds of objects, objects that serve as its materials, tools, end-products, agents, etc. Our analysis traces all references to a particular object, the cystic artery, over the course of a surgery conducted at a teaching hospital. The arrangements of the operating theatre impose certain constraints on how the key participants, a surgeon in training, a faculty member and a medical student, were able to display and detect particular features of their material environment. Also, because of the surgery's status as a 'site of instruction,' a special set of accountabilities came into play during its performance. Talk was frequently seen to do both instructional and instrumental work. The team members were called upon to interpret the visual field in congruent ways and, more specifically, to strike agreements as to what would serve as salient objects for the purposes of the work at hand. The identification of the cystic artery was called into question and its thingness had to be renegotiated. We draw on Garfinkel's notion of 'trust' to describe the prospective/retrospective processes of referring to what comes to be the cystic-artery-for-the-purposes-of-this-surgery. We argue that procedure both determines and is determined by its objects. © 2010.

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