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Santa Fe, New Mexico / June 30th - July 2nd 

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Dylan Schmorrow

Dylan Schmorrow

Lieutenant Commander Dylan Schmorrow, Ph.D., is serving in the Information Technology Office at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a Program Manager. In this role he manages the Augmented Cognition (AugCog) Program and the Control of Agent Based Systems (CoABS) Program. AugCog is developing and demonstrating novel brain-machine-symbiosis (e.g. cognitive monitoring) technologies to augment human cognition and performance. CoABS has developed and is demonstrating techniques to safely control, coordinate and manage large systems of autonomous software agents. Additionally, he leads and coordinates science and technology programs and actions with the Office of Naval Research. In this role he directs the Virtual Environments and Technology (VIRTE) Program and the Distributed Simulation for Warfighting Concepts (WARCON) Program. VIRTE is developing and demonstrating leap-ahead human-immersive technology for naval training and will provide realistic combat simulators for a variety of missions (e.g., urban operations, first responder damage control) as a supplement and complement to live training. WARCON is employing distributed modeling and simulation, design engineering, and operations analysis to examine the relationship between warfighting concepts and the design of future weapon systems. Responsibilities include advancing basic science and transforming emerging technologies into operational capabilities and applications. Additional areas of interest include human-factors, training issues, decision support, safety, biomedicine and the alignment of policy with advancing technologies.

Dr. Schmorrow received a commission in the U.S. Navy in 1993 as a Navy Lieutenant and completed naval flight training in April of 1994. He initially served at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Warminster, Pennsylvania from 1994-1996 as both a branch head of the biomedical support branch and an acceleration research project officer in the crew systems department. During this time he deployed to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of Deny Flight and Provide Promise Operations in the Former Yugoslavia. He was subsequently selected and served as the John G. Jenkins Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Cognitive Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA from 1996-1998. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Scientist for Human-Technology Integration in the Information Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1998 - 2001 and as an advisor to the Director of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office from 2001 2003. Academic training includes graduate study at Western Michigan University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Masters Degrees in Operations Research, Psychology, Philosophy and Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation

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