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SIFT has pioneered a human-automation integration architecture, called Playbook TM , based on a shared model of the tasks in the domain. This shared task model provides a means of human-automation communication about plans, goals, methods and resource usage—a process akin to referencing plays in a sports team's playbook. The Playbook enables human operators(More)
In this paper, we begin by contrasting the " adaptive " automation systems prevalent in Augmented Cognition research and development with " adaptable " systems that provide the same range of modifications and behaviors but place control over those adaptations in the hands of the human operator. While there are many obvious reasons to seek adaptive systems,(More)
This paper describes a model of politeness between intentional agents developed from sociolinguistic observations of human-human interactions (Brown and Levinson, 1987) and suggests a method for applying it to human-machine interactions. Applications in the context of a medication reminder system are presented including data which suggest that the Brown and(More)
Many of the elder-care giving responsibilities of the aging population fall on the shoulders of adult children. Caregiver burnout is one of the top reasons for the transition from independent living to costly nursing homes or other care-giving facilities. As a result, technologists are rushing to find tools that can assist caregivers and augment the elder's(More)
We describe a delegation-based solution to the planning overconstrained UAV missions. SIFT's Playbook TM approach to UAV control allows single operators to request services from multiple-UAV teams, without excessive workload, specialized training, or platform-specific ground control systems. We use the metaphor of a sports team's playbook: a user " calls a(More)
PURPOSE Retinal prosthetic devices that use microelectrode arrays to stimulate retinal nerve cells may provide a viable treatment for degenerative retinal diseases. Current devices are based on electrical field-effect stimulation of remaining functional neural elements. However, the distance between target neurons and electrodes limits the potential density(More)
A central source of cultural differences, with powerful impacts on perception and behavior, is communication of " politeness " and its role power and familiarity relationships, urgency , indebtedness, etc. We are operationalizing and making computational a culturally abstract and universal theory of human politeness which combines culture-specific aspects(More)
We have been working on home automation to support eldercare. This is an instance of long term human-automation interaction in very intimate and personal settings with a potentially difficult user population. We report our design philosophy and some of the lessons learned relative to that philosophy from a six month field test with representatives of this(More)