Brian M. Pierce

Dr. Brian M. Pierce

Director, DARPA I2O
Talk Title:  Symbiosis Homo et Machina (Human-Machine Symbiosis)



Dr. Brian Pierce joined DARPA in 2014 and serves as the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O).
Dr. Pierce has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to joining DARPA, he was a technical director in Space and Airborne Systems at the Raytheon Company. During his first tour at DARPA, he served as the deputy office director of the Strategic Technology Office from 2005 to 2010. From 2002 to 2005, he was executive director of the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California. From 1983 to 2002, he held various engineering positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon in southern California.
Dr. Pierce earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. He has more than 20 U.S. patents.


The Director of the first information technology office at DARPA was JCR Licklider, who said in 1960: “in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought.” Machines are already collaborating with humans on data, information and knowledge processing tasks, and new techniques are being developed by DARPA Information Innovation Office that enable machines to generate explanations essential to understanding by humans. In parallel with the climb of machines up the data-wisdom ladder, the office is developing technologies to ensure that trust will include human trust of the machine, as well as trust of the machine in its human partner. This talk will provide a progress report on human-machine symbiosis, or Symbiosis Homo et Machina as envisioned by Licklider.