Shelly Blake-Plock

P2247.3 Subgroup Chair

Robert Sottilare, Ph.D.

P2247 Working Group Chair

Dr. Robert Sottilare is the Science Director for Intelligent Training at Soar Technology, Inc. He came to SoarTech in 2018 after completing a 35-year federal career in both Army and Navy training science and technology organizations. At the US Army Research Laboratory, he led the adaptive training science and technology program where the focus of his research was automated authoring, instructional management, and analysis tools and methods for intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) and standards for adaptive instructional systems. He is a co-creator of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT), an open source, AI-based adaptive instructional architecture.  GIFT has over 2000 users in 76 countries.

Dr. Sottilare has long history as a leader, speaker, and supporter of learning and training sciences forums at the Defense & Homeland Security Simulation, HCII Augmented Cognition, and AI in Education conferences.  He is the founding chair of the HCII Adaptive Instructional Systems (AIS) Conference. He is a member of the AI in Education Society, the Florida AI Research Society, the IEEE Computer Society and Standards Association, the National Defense Industry Association (lifetime member), and the National Training Systems Association. He is currently the IEEE Project 2247 working group chair for the development of standards and recommended practices for AISs. He is a faculty scholar and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches a graduate level course in ITS design.

Dr. Sottilare has also been a frequent lecturer at the United States Military Academy (USMA) where he taught a senior level colloquium on adaptive training and ITS design.  He has a long history of participation in international scientific fora including NATO and the Technical Cooperation Program. He has over 200 technical publications in the learning sciences field with over 1500 citations in the last 5 years. His doctorate is in Modeling & Simulation with a focus in Intelligent Systems from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Sottilare is a recipient of the US Army Meritorious Service Award (2018; 2nd highest civilian award), the US Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2008; 5th highest civilian award), and two lifetime achievement awards in Modeling & Simulation: US Army RDECOM (2012; inaugural recipient) and National Training & Simulation Association (2015).

Dr. Andrew J. Hampton studied at the University of Central Florida and the Burnett Honors College on a full National Merit scholarship. After graduating with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in cognitive science, he entered the Wright State Human Factors/Industrial Organizational doctoral program in the fall of 2011 where he worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant and as a graduate teaching assistant, while also co-founding the Professional Development Group, a graduate student organization developed to encourage independent initiatives. While at Wright State, he earned his Master’s degree in 2013, the pro-gram’s Graduate Student Excellence Award in 2014, and his PhD in 2018. In 2016, he accepted a position as a researcher under Art Graesser at the Institute for Intelligent Systems, within the University of Memphis. There, in addition to his research duties, he has taken on responsibilities as coordinator for a grant with the Office of Naval Research, and project manager for ElectronixTutor, a platform integrating several intelli-gent tutoring systems in a common interface. His work won the 2016 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research, focusing on Big Data analytics. Andrew’s research interests in-clude technologically mediated communication, psycholinguistics, semiotics, intelligent tutoring systems, artificial intelligence, and political psychology.

Jody L. Cockroft is a Research Specialist at the University of Memphis in the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Prior to joining the University of Memphis, she was with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis where she was involved in with various clinical trials and bench research for over twenty years. She earned her A.A. from the University of Tampa and her B.S. from the University of Memphis. She has been working with Xiangen Hu and Arthur Graesser for the past two years on the Army Research Laboratory project on the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Academy projects and the Advanced Learning Theories, Technologies, Applications and Impacts (ALTTAI) Consortium efforts.

Benjamin Goldberg, Ph.D.

Recruiting Coordinator

Dr. Benjamin Goldberg is a member of the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Lab at the Natick Soldier Research and Development Center’s Simulation and Training Technology Center in Orlando, FL. He has been conducting research in intelligent tutoring for the past ten years with a focus on adaptive learning in simulation-based environments and how to leverage Artificial Intelligence tools and methods to create personalized learning experiences. Dr. Goldberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in Modeling & Simulation.

Dr. Paula Durlach received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Yale University in 1982, and subsequently held fellowship positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge. From 1987 to 1994, she was an assistant professor of psychology at McMaster University and then went on to lead the exploratory consumer science team at Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory in the U. K. She returned to the U. S. in 2001 to join the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. From 2012 – 2015, she served as the Deputy Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. She is currently on the staff of US Army Research Laboratory where she maintains interest in adaptive training. Dr. Durlach has received recognition for her work in experimental psychology and cognitive science at the Army Science Conference and from the Department of Army Research and Development. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education. With Dr. Alan Lesgold, she co-edited the book, Adaptive Technologies for Training and Education, published in 2012, and has also published research in journals such as International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Military Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, and Human-Computer Interaction.

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