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Wednesday, February 13

8:45am EST

From Correlation to Causation: Lessons for Security and Defense
Machine learning and AI are sweeping through all aspects of public and private life, but one key challenge is how to move beyond simple correlations and predictions to causal knowledge that can guide action, policy, and plans. Over the past 30 years, a number of algorithms for learning and using causal knowledge (even from purely observational data) have been developed. In this talk, I will first describe the state of the art in causal discovery and reasoning methods, many of which have been developed at CMU. I will then outline various natural uses of these algorithms in (national) security and defense contexts, drawing from examples of research and applications conducted with the SEI.

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David Danks

Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. David Danks is the L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an associate/adjunct member of: the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CMU); the Center for Advanced Study of Language... Read More →

Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am EST
NRECA Conference Center 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203

1:00pm EST

SEI Expert Presentation: The Software Dilemma
The official acquisition guidance has been to describe “what” you want and to avoid telling the contractor “how” to do the work. Yet the process by which the contractor chooses to develop your software—even the software in your embedded weapon system—is important. The development processes are important for being able to validate the quality attributes (like cybersecurity) of the software when it is delivered. But even more important, the development processes determine the cost of sustaining the software for the life of the system. This talk will address the significance of software development processes and provide some ideas about how they can affect your acquisition strategy, request for proposal, and contract terms.

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Ceci Albert

Software Engineering Institute
Ms. Cecilia Albert is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the SEI's Intelligence Sector, Client Technical Solutions Directorate, where she supports and accelerates the delivery of software to the intelligence community and DoD by accessing, leveraging, and integrating leading-edge... Read More →

Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST
NRECA Conference Center 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203