August 27, 2001
Intelligent Agents: The Re-emergence of Computer Intelligence
Norman D. Geddes,
CEO and CTO
Applied Systems Intelligence,
10882 Crabapple Road, Suite 2
Roswell, GA 30075
The recent release of several popular motion pictures dealing with
robotics and artificial intelligence has re-awakened interest in the
possibility of computer-based intelligence. Although the commercial
uses of artificial intelligence programming faded from the public view
in the late 1980's, the effort to create computer intelligence did not
stop. Now, many software applications based on computer intelligence
are quietly working away in both the government and commercial sectors.
Often called software agents or intelligent agents, the successes of
these applications are generating renewed commercial enthusiasm.
This presentation will briefly review the history of AI, the main philosophies
underlying work in the field and the practical issues surrounding implementation
of intelligent systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the creation
of large-scale, distributed, collaborative systems made of hundreds
to thousands of cooperating agents and humans. These large intelligent
societies may provide an important approach to the problems of global
Norman D. Geddes received his B.A. degree in Physics from Rice University
(1971), an M.S. in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West
Florida (1972), and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute
of Technology (1989), with a major in man-machine systems and minor
in artificial intelligence. He is also a graduate of U.S. Navy pilot
training, an experienced tactical jet fighter pilot, and has served
as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer in the Naval Air Reserves.
As Chief Technology Officer of Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc. since
1990, Dr. Geddes has provided research and development support to a
number of defense, NASA and commercial artificial intelligence applications
in the aerospace and transportation industries. His activities include
systems engineering for large scale intelligent systems, knowledge acquisition
and engineering, test and evaluation, and cognitive modeling and simulation
of human operators.
Dr. Geddes has played a key role in the development and application
of intelligent user interfaces based on artificial intelligence principles.
First as lead systems engineer for the intelligent interface and later
as technical project manager for the Lockheed/USAF/DARPA Pilot’s
Associate Program, Dr. Geddes guided the development of aiding methods
and knowledge representations for a comprehensive decision support environment
for tactical operations. His pioneering work in modeling human operator
intentions and in information management has been used successfully
in a wide variety of defense and commercial research applications.
Prior to his work in intelligent decision aiding, Dr. Geddes was director
of system development for GEC Marconi Avionics, Inc. He is also experienced
in the development of manned and unmanned system simulations, having
worked at General Electric in the development of training simulations.
As a fighter pilot in the Navy, Dr. Geddes served tours as a jet flight
instructor and as a project test pilot.
Dr. Geddes professional interests include tactical air and sea operations,
intelligent decision support systems, system simulation, artificial
intelligence and human-computer interaction. His professional society
memberships include the IEEE Computer Society, ACM SIGART and SIGCHI and the AIAA.
Meeting Location and Time
August 2, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
Corporate Values Room
Bell South Tower in midtown Atlanta
(near Crawford Long Hospital, the North Avenue Marta station and the
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