IHSI 2019 - Call for Papers


Keynote Address

The Emergence of True Human-Computer Symbiosis (Robots – Agents – People)

Keynote Speaker:

Dylan Schmorrow, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief Scientist
Soar Technology, Inc.
United States

Date: February 6th, 2019 - 8:00-10:00 am, Room:


About the speaker:

Dylan Schmorrow is the Chief Scientist and Executive Vice-President of Soar Technology, Inc. where he is leading the advancement and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in order to make people more prepared, more informed and more capable. He is focused on the development of intelligent software that reasons like humans do to automate complex tasks, simplify human-machine interaction, and model human behaviors. He is an international expert on research, products, and policy related to Human-Systems-Integration (HSI) and AI technologies and has led numerous initiatives that transformed promising technologies into innovative capabilities. During his 20+ year career as a U.S. Naval Officer, he served at the Director-Level for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as the Executive Assistant for two Chiefs of Naval Research, the Chief Scientist for Human-Technology Integration at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and as a Program Manager at both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He has extensive experience collaborating with world-wide government, universities and industrial based research and technology development organizations.


The volume of information and overall complexity of human experience in the 21st century continues to grow at a rapid pace, in stark contrast to human cognitive abilities, which have remained relatively static. Human capabilities such as memory, attention, sensory bandwidth, comprehension, and visualization abilities are critically important and this talk will showcase several ways in which these human abilities can benefit from rapidly growing computational capabilities. We can apply computational power to support and augment cognitive skills that will bolster limited cognitive resource. This talk will highlight both theory and applications of human-artificial intelligence systems collaborations and will examine how 21st Century human-system computing technology help us reap the rewards of the digital age without overwhelming us with complex systems and impossible interfaces. We now have the ability to design human-computer interaction capabilities where the computer anticipates, predicts and augments the performance of the user where the human supports, aids, and supports the learning of the computer. The ultimate result being a truly interactive symbiosis where humans and computers are tightly coupled in productive partnerships.

This talk will also illustrate this belief by showcasing examples including long-term, personalized training, immersive training, real-time cognitive status measurement, real-time physical status measurement, human-machine teaming to provide assistance in decision making, task redistribution, and overall human-agent collaboration. Opportunities such as enhancing memory, support data analysis, discovery, and visualization, automating new aspects of problem solving and filtering, modulating, triaging communications, information, developing new visualization techniques to enhance understanding, and increasing “effective human-computer bandwidth” will also be discussed. We are now able to also extend abilities while simultaneously removing the burdens often associated with employing new technologies.

The Emergence of True Human-Computer Symbiosis (Robots – Agents – People)
Keynote Address by Dr. Dylan Schmorrow