Information Technology at NASA: Accepting the Challenge of Excellence


Humans are quintessentially explorers and makers of things. These traits, which identify us as a species and account for our survival, are reflected with particular clarity in the mission and methods of space exploration. This is an exciting time to be a computer scientist at NASA -- our work is at the crossroads of these two human traits -- we are making computational machines to extend human reach further than ever before. In this talk, I will describe the current and future research directions of NASA's expanding information techology effort.

About the Speaker

Ken Ford is the Associate Center Director for Information Technology at NASA Ames Research Center and Director of NASA's Center of Excellence for Information Technology.

His research interests, among others, include: the computational and philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence, internet-based AI applications, knowledge-based performance support systems, issues of representation, knowledge acquisition, computer-mediated learning, and human-centered computing. Dr. Ford is the author of numerous scientific papers and five books.

Dr. Ford is the Editor-in-Chief of AAAI/MIT Press, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Expert Systems, Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, and is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) Associate. Dr. Ford is past president of FLAIRS (Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society) and is a Councilor of the AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence). Dr. Ford has received local and national teaching awards. In 1997, he received the University Research and Creative Activities Award at the University of West Florida where he was the Director and Founder of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Dr. Ford is now on a leave absence from the University to NASA.

Philip Chan,
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