Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Pensacola, FL
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is dedicated to finding ways to make humans and machines "fit" better together. IHMC's work involves everything from finding ways to make robots walk in a more natural fashion to creating cockpit displays that allow a pilot to work more efficiently during combat situations.
Focus: human and machine interface, some in aerospace field Established: 1990
Location/address: 40 S. Alcaniz St., downtown Pensacola
Overview: The Center focuses on Human Centered Computing in the context of creating computational systems that leverage and extend human capabilities. Such systems can be thought of as cognitive prostheses, just as eyeglasses are an ocular prostheses.
Technical expertise/research fields: computational and philosophical foundations of AI, haptic displays to mitigate spatial disorientation, non-alphanumeric pilot displays, computer-mediated communication and collaboration, cognitive science, computer mediated learning systems, performance support systems, pedagogically-motivated browsers, knowledge discovery and data mining, neural networks, software agents, spatial and temporal reasoning, diagnostic systems, the nature and modeling of expertise, cognitive work/task analysis, pattern recognition, natural language understanding for computational systems and other related areas; investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines with a particular emphasis on building computational tools to leverage and amplify human cognitive and perceptual capacities.
Facilities/equipment: 27,000 sq. feet at 40 South Alcaniz St.; 3,600 sq. feet at 127 South Alcaniz St.; 2,000 sq. feet at 100 South Alcaniz St.
Research/site/business development contact: Tim Wright
Mailing address: Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, The University of West Florida, 40 South Alcaniz Street, Pensacola, FL 32502