Overview of the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Australia, Tuesday, 16. April 2019

Dr Peter Friedland presents: Overview of the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Abstract: The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is the basic research manager for the United States Air Force. In this presentation, Dr Friedland will give an overview of AFOSR including its research areas of interest and its programs through which international researchers can interact with AFOSR and AFRL. In particular, Dr Friedland will highlight several of the major research partnerships they have in place with Australian scientists in computer and cognitive science, including a joint program with Australian Defence Science and Technology to fund research projects with co-*** in the US and Australia.
Bio:  Peter Friedland’s career has focused on interdisciplinary technology research, development, and application with substantial accomplishments in academia, industry, and government.  He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1980 for pioneering artificial intelligence research in the areas of planning, knowledge representation, and expert systems.  He applied this work to the then emerging discipline of molecular genetics leading to the creation of a user community of several thousand academic and industrial scientists, and the funding of a NIH-sponsored National Research Resource, BIONET.  He also co-founded two companies while at Stanford: IntelliGenetics, the first bioinformatics company, and Teknowledge, the first expert systems technology and training company. Both became public companies in the early 80’s.
In 1987, Dr. Friedland joined NASA Ames Research Center to create what became the government’s largest and most highly-regarded Intelligent Systems R&D laboratory. The hallmark of the laboratory was the ability to simultaneously conduct state-of-the-art research while also fielding applications to all of the primary NASA missions and Centers. He left Ames in 1995 to form and lead his third company, Intraspect Software, an early knowledge management systems provider, employing 200 staff with sales of over $30M. Dr. Friedland rejoined Ames in 2003 as Chief Technologist where he supervised a wide range of technology development activities in emerging areas like nanotechnology. He also chaired several NASA-wide committees and studies in such areas as core competencies for NASA Centers and technology transition from basic research to fielded applications.
Dr Friedland is now an independent technology strategist and consultant with a majority of his time spent as a scientific advisor to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  His specific areas of emphasis for AFOSR are strategy and tactics for international research investments in all disciplines, and creation of new programs in computer and cognitive science. Dr. Friedland is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the AAAI Distinguished Service Award, and the Feigenbaum International Medal for Expert Systems Applications.

Tuesday, 16. April 2019, Australia, Overview of the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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