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Dr Janet Murdock

Computer Scientist
Artificial Intelligence Center

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Biography and Interests

Education

Certifications

Work Experience

Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Murdock developed monitoring and optimization solutions for coal-fired power plants at Praxis Engineers, Inc. and then General Electric after General Electric acquired Praxis Engineers in 2001. Her primary focus was CoaLogic®, an on-line monitoring, simulation, and advisory system directed at optimizing usage of coals with respect to emissions, derates, and operating costs. Previously, she developed design automation applications at Design Power, Inc. Design Power developed products that were integrated with AutoCAD and MicroStation CAD systems to assist engineers with plant design and pipe routing for chemical plants and co-generation facilities. Design Power was acquired by Bentley Systems (the maker of MicroStation) in 2007, and Design Power’s plant design and pipe routing product is now sold by Bentley as PlantWise. Prior to obtaining her degrees in computer science, Dr. Murdock was a chemical engineer doing product development for Raychem corporation, focusing on aircraft and marine specialty wire and cable products. She also did process design of petrochemical plants for Chevron Research Company.

Current Projects

Task Assistant

Task Assistant

Task Assistant is a flexible, web-based workflow application that enables an organization to move its operating procedures from manuals and human memories into living collaborative artifacts. Task Assistant is fully collaborative, allowing multiple users to simultaneous edit, build, or execute workflows.

Past Projects

CALO

Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes

As part of DARPA’s Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program, SRI and team members are working on developing a next-generation "Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes" (CALO).

HARP

HARP: Human Augmented Reasoning through Patterning

This project developed: 1) cognitive aids that allow humans and machines to "think together" in real-time about complicated problems; 2) techniques to overcome the biases and limitations of the human cognitive system; 3) "cognitive amplifiers" that help teams of people rapidly and fully comprehend complicated and uncertain situations; and, 4) the means to rapidly and seamlessly cut across and complement existing hierarchical organizational structures.

PRIME

PRIME: A Predictive Model Development Environment

The goal was to develop PRIME, an effects-based modelling tool, as a web application. PRIME supports rapid, collaborative development of forecasts of the effects of a planned set of DIME (diplomatic, informational, military, or economic) actions.

TransPAL

TransPAL: Transitioning PAL Technologies

The TransPAL project is transitioning a number of technologies developed on the DARPA PAL program for use by various members of the Armed Services.

Software

Angler

Angler

Angler is a tool that helps intelligence/policy professionals explore, understand, and overcome cognitive biases, and collaboratively expand their joint cognitive vision through use of divergent & convergent thinking techniques (such as brainstorming and clustering).

PRIME

PRIME

The Probative Rapid Interactive Modeling Environment (PRIME) is a decision-support web application that provides modeling and reasoning capabilities intended to stretch the thinking of analysts and decision makers by producing a forecast of the plausible effects that could result from taking actions in a given situation. The plausibility of each forecast effect is explained by one or more structured arguments.

SEAS: Structured Evidential Argumentation System

SEAS: Structured Evidential Argumentation System

SEAS is a tool to aid analysts in reasoning about potential opportunities/crises. It records analytic thinking in structured arguments, provides a collaborative environment in which multiple analysts can simultaneously contribute to arguments, and retains a coproate memory of the evolution of analytic thinking over time.

Publications

The following are in reverse chronological order of publication.
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