Artificial Intelligence

Discovering adversary intent and tactics in pre-conflict engagements

Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm PDTiCal
VTC Only
AI Recruitment Seminar
Dr. Fotis Barlos

Due to the current situation, this seminar will be presented remotely.

Abstract: In this talk, I will describe COMPASS, a DARPA program that reduces the ambiguity in pre-conflict engagements, also called grayzone environment. In this environment, our adversaries engage in activities that are purposeful, incremental, and low threshold and often take advantage of the ambiguity of their actions to achieve their objectives without causing any substantial response from the US. COMPASS develops decision aids for the Commanders at the Joint Task Force level. COMPASS leverages information analytics and game theory to identify probing options that stimulate adversaries and cause them to respond in ways that reveal their goals and lines of effort. In particular, COMPASS fuses data streams across multiple domains (news reports, financial data, political records, social media, military activities, etc.) to learn the objectives and rewards that drive the behavior of peer adversaries, competitors, and Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs). Secondly, COMPASS applies game theory to engage opponents with targeted actions that reveal their goals and strategies. COMPASS integrates those algorithms into an architecture that Commanders can use to explore COAs that thwart an adversary's complex, multi-layered competition activity.

Bio: Dr. Fotis Barlos joined DARPA in January 2017 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office (STO). In his current role at DARPA, Dr. Barlos focuses on decision support tools for ungoverned domains, and in particular, he manages programs in command and control for grayzone warfare and programs in space operations. Dr. Barlos' interests include data analytics and information fusion, computational science, decision analysis, optimization and control, and planning technologies. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Barlos was a research scientist with BAE Systems for 13 years, culminating as a technical director in the Technology Solutions division, overseeing a variety of programs for DARPA, IARPA, AFRL, ONR, NGA, NSA, CIA, and other agencies. Prior to BAE Systems, Dr. Barlos worked in the commercial sector in leadership positions for marketing organizations, developing data analysis technologies for consumer behavior and purchasing activities. Dr. Barlos earned a doctorate in computer science and engineering, and a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University; as well as a Bachelor of Science in computer and information sciences from the University of Patras in Greece.

POC: Jamani King

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