Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

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Mormon Scientist Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Mormon Scientist

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw is a senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Bradshaw is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church, having served in many service capacities, including as a young man, a full-time mission in France and Belgium (1975 - 1977).

In his field of computer science, Bradshaw was educated at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and the University of Washington. Dr. Bradshaw's earliest publications dealt with memory and language, but more recently, he has focused on a wide variety of topics relating human and machine intelligence. With Ken Ford, he edited the seminal volume Knowledge Acquisition as a Modeling Activity, and became well-known for his role at The Boeing Company in working with John Boose and others to develop a suite of successful methodologies and tools for automated knowledge acquisition (ETS, Aquinas, Axotl, Canard, DDUCKS, eQuality). [1]

"While at Boeing, he also led industry-wide efforts in aviation safety and training technologies, founding the emerging technologies group of the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC). He also provided technical leadership for projects to improve long-term follow-up care delivery for bone-marrow transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center" (Wikipedia).

Bradshaw is a pioneer in the area of software agent technology and multi-agent systems. He has held many leadership positions in the international scientific community.

"He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the European Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Engineering (EURISCO) in Toulouse, France; an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Center for Intelligent Systems and their Applications and AIAI at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a visiting professor at the Institut Cognitique at the University of Bordeaux; is former chair of ACM SIGART; and former chair of the RIACS Science Council for NASA Ames Research Center. He served as a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Military and Intelligence Methodology for Emergent Physiological and Cognitive/Neural Science Research in the Next Two Decades and as a scientific advisor to the Japanese NEC Technology Paradigm Shifts initiative.
"Dr. Bradshaw serves on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems and is a member of the Parametric Human Consortium. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, the Web Semantics Journal, Schedae Informaticae, and the Web Intelligence Journal, and was formerly on the board of the Knowledge Acquisition Journal and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. He led the DARPA and NASA funded ITAC study team “Software Agents for the Warfighter” and has participated in NASA Blue Sky Study Groups for the “Human-Centered Vision of Mars Exploration” and for the “Small Pressurized Rover.” From 2002-2006, KAoS was used as part of a NASA series of annual two-week field tests of human-robot teams performing simulated planetary surface exploration at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. Jeff was sponsored by DHS to undertake detailed simulation studies of the use of human-robot teams to secure facilities at Port Everglades. He has also led the ONR-sponsored NAIMT and Coordinated Operations projects where a team of humans and heterogeneous robots performed field exercises at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, aimed at port reconnaissance, and robot-assisted detection and apprehension of intruders." [2]

A few of his publications:

  • Cognition, Memory, and Language
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Software Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Agent Conversation Policies
  • Medical Applications of Intelligent Systems
  • Human-Agent-Robotic Interaction
  • Joint Activity and Teamwork
  • Adjustable Autonomy and Mixed-Initiative Interaction
  • Policy and Regulation in Human Cultures and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Policy Representation and Reasoning

In his spare time, Bradshaw studies and expounds on Mormon subjects. In 2009, Bradshaw delivered a speech at the FAIRlds (Mormon Apologetics) conference in Germany (in German, the language of his mission) on The Apocalypse of Abraham: An Ancient Witness for the Book of Moses. [3] Also in 2009, a 1100-page volume by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw was published, entitled In God's Image and Likeness, which contains a comprehensive commentary on Moses 1-6:12, and incorporates a wide range of scholarly perspectives and citations from ancient texts. The book features an extensive annotated bibliography on ancient sources and over a hundred relevant illustrations with detailed captions.[4]

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