/Joseph Andrew Giampapa

Joseph Andrew Giampapa

Portrait of Joseph Andrew Giampapa
Technical Program Manager
Office: NREC 281
Phone: (412) 681-2358
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Associated Center: NREC

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My research interests can be characterized in the following areas:

  • Human-agent-robot teamwork
  • Development of quantifiable assurance techniques of individual and group autonomous behaviors
  • Development of innovative applications of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems

In human-agent-robot teamwork, humans interact with autonomous software and physical robots whose capabilities may be extended by ad hoc collaborations with other autonomous and physical robots. One of the ways I am pursuing this is by investigating natural language understanding (NLU) and generation (NLG) techniques that enable autonomous systems to:

  • Understand human intent
  • Engage humans
  • Form and maintain trusted service level agreements with humans, and
  • Be predictable, reliable and trusted collaborators with humans and other autonomous systems.

Quantifiable Assurance Techniques for Individual and Multi-Robot Systems: Assurance, in general, is the argument that one makes to set and manage expectations. In the systems engineering community, it is also sometimes known as testing and evaluation (T&E) and validation and verification (V&V). Quantifiable assurance of autonomous robotic systems allows customers and systems engineers to answer questions such as:

  • How many robots are needed for a mission?
  • What is the effectiveness of a robot in a team role?
  • What are the energy or other resource requirements of a group of robots for performing a given mission?
  • What is the effect of a coordination algorithm on a team for a given mission?

I also participate in more applied and systems-engineering forms of research. Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are powerful tools applied to systems engineering research involving cyber-physical (CPS), socio-technical, systems of systems (SoS), and ultra-large-scale (ULS) systems. Some topic areas I have investigated:

  • Power grid resilience to cyber attack
  • Integrating renewable but intermittent energy in co-generation power grids
  • Corporate and public policy evaluation by simulation
  • Enterprise-level information management: privacy, need to know access control, document routing, etc.

Program Committee Member and/or Reviewer for numerous academic journals, conferences, workshops, symposia and book proposals.

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Web (AIWeb), a technical conference track of AAAI, 2007
  • Conference on Human Factors and Computational Models in Negotiation (HuCom) 2010, HuCom journal 2010
  • Elsevier Science of Computer Programming (SCP) journal, 2008 – 2009
  • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) 2002
  • European Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ECCBR) Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Case-Based Reasoning (MICBR) 2002
  • European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2007
  • International Conference on Adaptive and Self-Adaptive Systems and Applications (ADAPTIVE) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART) 2009 – present
  • International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies (AMBIENT) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Autonomous Agents Conferences (Agents) 2000 – 2001
  • International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) 2002 – present
  • International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR) 2003
  • International Conference on Computational Intelligence (CI) 2005 – present
  • International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Infrastructures (WETICE) track on Collaborative Modeling and Simulation (CoMETS) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology (DeMSET) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Applications (ICTA) 2011 – present
  • International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) 2003 – present, Vice Chair 2007
  • International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Applications (INTELLI) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Science (LISS) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PERCOM) 2003
  • International Conference on Pervasive Patterns and Applications (PATTERNS) 2012 – present
  • International Conference on Principles of Practice in Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA) 2009 – 2011
  • International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC) 2007 – 2009
  • International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) 2006
  • International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2003
  • International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Workshop on Representation, Reasoning, and Learning in Computer Games, 2005
  • International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE) Special Issue on Robust Supply Chains under Uncertainty, 2009
  • International Journal of Semantic Computing (IJSC), 2008 – 2009
  • International Journal of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (JWIAS), Journal of the Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) 2009 – 2010
  • International Journal on Simulation Systems Science and Technology (IJSSST) 2006 – 2007
  • International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (IMCIC) 2010 – present
  • International Mulit-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology (ICCGI) 2012 – present
  • International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence 2012 (DCAI) 2012 – present
  • International Workshop on Multi-Agent Robotic Systems (MARS) 2006
  • International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) 2010 – 2011, post proceedings reviewer, 2010
  • International Workshop on Software Patterns: Addressing Challenges (SPAC) 2007
  • Internationla Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) 2004 – present
  • Internet Computing (IC) magazine, 2007
  • Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS) 2001
  • Knowledge Communication and Peer Reviewing (KCPR) 2006
  • Oxford University Press, New York, book proposal reviewer, 2003
  • RoboCup Symposium, 2001, 2005
  • Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems (SELMAS) 2003 – 2005
  • Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (CHI), 2008
  • Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC) 2010
  • Symposium on Agent Based Modeling and Simulation (ABModSim-4) 2012 – present
  • Workshop on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems for Enterprise Integration (ZOCO) 2012 – present
  • Workshop on Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions (CMAMAI) 2003
  • Workshop on Collaborative Modeling and Simulation (CoMetS) 2010 – 2011
  • World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and informatics (WMSCI) 2003 – present

Research Grant Proposal Reviewer
Grant Proposal Reviewer for scientific and commercial research and development (R&D) grand proposals that are sponsored by federal, state, and foreign governments.

  • International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), 2008
  • State of Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, 2007
  • State of Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund Competition, 2006
  • United States Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) First Steps to Market Grants Program, 2004
  • Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Computer Science Open Competition, 2003
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