Panel Discussions

Panel 1 - The Importance of Situation Awareness and Trust in Human - Robot Interactions

The main objective of this panel is to discuss the importance of situation awareness (SA) and trust within human-robot interaction (HRI). The panelists will focus on three main questions: (1) What are the benefits of SA and trust to HRI? (2) How can academic work benefit industry and military applications? (3) How are SA and trust incorporated into robotic design and simulation? The panel will include prominent representatives industry, military, research, and academic institutions.


Kristin E. Schaefer is a researcher with the Minds in Technology, Machines in Thought Laboratory at the Institute for Simulation & Training, University of Central Florida. Kristin is the lead researcher of human-robot trust in collaboration with the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Kristin is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Modeling and Simulation program at the University of Central Florida. She obtained her B.A. in the field of psychology with a minor in sociology from Susquehanna University, PA. She also holds a M.S. in the field of Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida. Kristin’s primary research interests include human-robot interaction, unmanned systems, individual differences, and multi-touch technologies.

Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Ralph W. Brewer II spent 22 years in the Armor Career Field as a Master Gunner with deployments to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991, Korea in 1997-1998, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I in 2003-2004. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and two the Meritorious Service Medals for his actions. He was assigned to the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) following OIF as a Research and Development NCO in the Vehicle Technology Directorate’s Robotics Program Office. During this assignment his main focus was design and use of Human Machine Interfaces as well as the interaction between the Soldier and autonomous robots. In 2008 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. He also holds an Associates of General Studies Degree from Central Texas College. Upon retirement from the Army he was hired as a computer scientist at ARL in the Vehicle Technology Division’s Autonomous Systems Division working on the Intelligence Team. Currently his focus is in modeling and simulation using the Robotic Interactive Visualization Toolbox (RIVET) and the Control of Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Experiments (CARVE) interface to study and collect data regarding human -robot trust issues and situational analysis. As part of the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) he is training other members of the consortium to use these tools for human - robot experiments.

David J. Bruemmer is Vice President at 5D Robotics, Inc. At 5D he is working to develop new behavior capabilities and methods of interaction between humans, robot and air vehicles. He is developing a variety of mission kits that plug and play onto vehicles ranging in size from 5lbs to 4500lbs. Prior to joining 5D Mr. Bruemmer led a variety of unmanned ground vehicle programs at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) focused on autonomous detection and mapping of hazardous environments. His invention, the Robot Intelligence Kernel was ported to over twenty different robots. Before working at the INL, Mr. Bruemmer served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he worked to coordinate development of autonomous robotics technologies across several offices and programs.

For many years Mr. Bruemmer has enjoyed finding ways to fuse emerging science and engineering into innovative technologies that can change the way robots interact with humans and their environment. He has authored over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the area of intelligent robotics. Mr. Bruemmer has been granted 9 US patents in robotics and has 11 others pending. He has been awarded eight patents and is a recipient of the 2006 R&D100 Award, the Stoel Rives Idaho Innovation Award and the Federal Lab Consortium Technology Transfer Award.

Dr. Tom Ziemke is a research professor with the Cognition and Interaction Laboratory at the University of Skövde, Sweden. His research in the Cognition & Interaction Lab (COIN) is focused on embodied / situated / distributed cognition in natural and artificial cognitive systems, including sensorimotor interaction between cognitive agents (humans, animals, robots) and their environments; social interaction between people, between robots, and not least between humans and robots; and human interaction with different types of information technology, in particular decision support systems and computer games.

Panel 2 - Cognitive Situation Awareness From Human and Machine Perspective: Applications and Needs, Research Topics

The main objective of this panel is to discuss with the participants of this conference the main ideas behind the establishment of CogSIMA and possible directions for its future. The panelists will focus on two questions: (1) What are the main needs of the users that could be used as the guiding directions for research in cognitive situation management? (2) What are the main theoretical problems that need to be solved by the cognitive situation management researchers in order to address the users' needs? The panel will include prominent representatives from both the user communities (the government) and the research and academic institutions.

Panel2 Dr. Mieczyslaw Kokar slides

Dr. Mica Endsley slides

Angela Pawlowski slides

Dr. Grigorii Zykov slides

Mieczyslaw M. Kokar is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. His technical research interests include Information Fusion, Ontology-Based Information Processing, Cognitive Radios, Self-Controlling Software and Modeling Languages. In particular, he is interested in high-level information fusion and situation awareness, cognitive radios that negotiate communications protocols, the specification and design of self-controlling software using the control theory metaphor, ontology development, ontological annotation of information, logical reasoning about OWL annotated information, consistency checking, formalization of the UML language, consistency checking of UML models vs. UML Metamodel and of UML Metamodel vs. MOF. Professor Kokar teaches various graduate courses in software engineering, formal methods and artificial intelligence. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer systems engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a senior member of the IEEE and senior member of the ACM.

Dr. MICA R. ENDSLEY is President of SA Technologies in Marietta, Georgia, a cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of operator interfaces for advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for aviation, air traffic control, medical, power and military operations. Prior to forming SA Technologies she was a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. Dr. Endsley received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Endsley has authored over 200 scientific articles and reports on situation awareness, decision making and automation and is recognized internationally for her work in the area of situation awareness. She is co-author of a book entitled Designing for Situation Awareness.

Angela Pawlowski is Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory’s (ATL’s) Director of Business Development. She manages the portfolio of external science and technology bids across ATL’s 5 laboratories, and develops ATL science and technology business strategy. Angela has previously held Artificial Intelligence engineering and Situation Understanding Business Area Management roles at ATL. Her technical accomplishments have included data fusion for reconnaissance/attack rotorcraft, distributed data fusion for manned and unmanned aviation teams, horizontal integration of decision aiding technologies in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain, and composable information fusion for Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment.

Dr. Grigorii Zykov is a Senior Researcher at St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS). Prior to that in 2001-2010 he was a Professor of Naval Operational Art at Kuznetsov Naval Academy teaching and doing research in Theory of Naval Operations, Situation Awareness and Management, Naval Forces Command & Control Systems, Operation Planning, and Force Actions Modeling and Simulation. From 1978-1990 he served as a commanding officer of Russian Submarine Forces in the Russian Northern Fleet. For three years he was Commanding Officer of a Russian Tango-class attack submarine. From 1995-2010 he participated in joint French, Russian, UK and US naval exercises. In 2010 he served as a Chief of Staff of International Naval Task Forces on board of USS Joint Command Ship Mt. Whitney in Plymouth, UK. Grigorii got his Masters Degree from the Russian Naval Command College, and in1993 received a Doctorate Degree from the Kuznetsov Naval Academy.


Nov 27: Scott Fouse, Laboratory Director for Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Laboratories will give a Keynote presentation at CogSIMA 2013.
Jan 22: Lockheed Martin Corporation, Advanced Technologies Laboratories joined the conference Patrons Program
Oct 12: Student Travel Grants Announced. Each $500.
Aug 29: Soartech, Ann Arbor, Michigan, a major DoD R&D contractor joined CogSIMA 2013 Patrons Program
Aug 29: CUBRC joined CogSIMA 2013 Patrons Program. CUBRC® executes Research, Development, Testing and Systems Integration programs in Information Exploitation, Medical Biotechnology, Chemical and Biological Defense, Public Health and Safety, Hypersonics, and Professional Services.
Aug 29: Dr. Robert Bonneau,Program Manager, AFOSR/RSL will give a Keynote presentation at CogSIMA 2013
Aug 29: Dr. Keith Devlin will give a Keynote presentation at CogSIMA 2013. Dr. Devlin is a mathematician at Stanford University in California, a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI.
Jun 20: Holiday Inn on the Bay, San Diego, CA has been selected as the conference venue



Platinum Patron

Soar Technology, Inc.

Gold Patron

Lockheed Martin

Bronze Patron