TEAM

The TRACE Project leverages the expertise of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of researchers to develop a web-application to enhance decision-making processes and help analysts overcome cognitive biases.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Jenny Stromer-Galley

Dr. Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University

Dr. Stromer-Galley is Full Professor. She studies uses and effects of new communication technologies, focused on political deliberation and on the communication of leadership and conflict. Her skills and experience with content analysis, group discussion and political deliberation are valuable to the Past research includes serving as key personnel and as project manager on three IARPA funded projects (SCIL/DSARMD; Reynard/SCRIBE; Sirius/CYCLES) and co-principal investigator on an NSF-funded project, Deliberative E- Rulemaking Project, which applied NLP and multi-level deliberation to federal agency online rulemaking. She has developed measures of informal reasoning in the context of group discussion.

Dr. Rosa Mikeal Martey

Dr. Rosa Mikeal Martey, Colorado State University

Rosa Martey is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. She studies online activity and games using multi-methodological approaches, including survey research, computer log analyses, experiments, observational analyses, and interviews. Her skills in usability, interface design, user engagement, and cognitive biases are valuable to the TRACE project. Dr. Martey has experience with IARPA-funded projects, and was key personnel on the Reynard and the Sirius programs as a part of the SCRIBE and the CYCLES teams, respectively.

Dr. Kate Kenski

Dr. Kate Kenski, University of Arizona

Kate Kenski is Associate Professor. Prior to teaching at the University of Arizona, she was a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include political communication, public opinion, experimental design, and research methods. Her skills and experience with argumentation and experimental design are valuable to the TRACE project. Dr. Kenski has experience with IARPA-funded projects, and was key personnel on the Sirius program, leading experimental design, and data analysis.

Ms. Deborah Plochocki

Ms. Deborah Plochocki, SRC, Inc.

Ms. Plochocki is a PMP certified, technical manager at SRC, Inc. where she leads project teams in building customer-centric software solutions. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master who leverages her extensive software development experience to create innovative solutions. Ms. Plochocki has implemented numerous service-oriented, web-based systems that bring the results of processing algorithms to the end user in an intuitive, easy-to-understand manner.

Dr. Carsten Østerlund

Dr. Carsten Østerlund

Dr. Østerlund is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His research explores the organization, creation, and practices associated with new forms of work such as crowdsourcing, citizen science and globally distributed teams. As a PI and co-PI he is currently engaged in two NSF supported crowdsourcing studies focusing on citizen science (PI: IIS-1211071; Co-PI: INSPIRE 15-47880). He is also studying virtual collaboration among distributed science teams, currently supported by the NSF (OCI-1221945).

Dr. James Folkestad

Dr. James Folkestad

Dr. Folkestad is a Full Professor. His research focuses on technology enhanced learning, analytics, and learning-system design. He also has expertise in decision-making models, and social network analysis. Recent work focuses on performance outcomes and engagement measures of augmented reality and desktop educational games. Dr. Folkestad has experience with IARPA funded projects and was key personnel on the Sirius program.

Dr. Brian McKernan

Dr. Brian McKernan

Dr. McKernan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sage College of Albany. Brian’s research adopts a cultural sociology framework to examine the roles of media, technology, and popular culture in civil society. In particular, he is interested in how different groups use entertainment media such as video games to promote social solidarity and explore sociopolitical issues. Brian also applies insights from these research areas to help develop innovative game-based learning software and other applications. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the IARPA-funded Sirius program, and has experience with experimental design, interface design and usability testing.

Dr. Lael Schooler

Dr. Lael Schooler

Dr. Schooler is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University. He investigates simple heuristics—decision strategies that use limited information to make effective decisions in an uncertain world. Prior to SU, Dr. Schooler was Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Dr. Schooler was co-PI on a funded project to support development of The Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC), an EU Large-Scale Integrating Project to develop reasoning methods that scale for the Semantic Web.

Cognitive and Decision Sciences Lab

Dr. Ben Clegg

Dr. Benjamin Clegg

Ben Clegg is a Full Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Colorado State University. His research focuses on aspects of human performance, particularly how to apply principles from cognitive psychology to real-world tasks, skills, and decision-making. His work examines issues such as training and learning, cognitive biases, automation, workload, and situation awareness. He has expertise in research methods, and the statistical analysis of data generated from controlled lab experiments.

Key Personnel

Dr. Nancy McCracken

Dr. Nancy McCracken

Dr. McCracken is an Associate Research Professor. She studies applications of NLP for text, including semi-automatic content analysis for social science research and information extraction and sentiment analysis, utilizing techniques from machine learning such as active learning. Past research includes serving as PI of an NSF-funded project in Social-Computational Systems and as Senior Personnel on other NSF, DARPA and IARPA funded projects for applications of NLP and Information Extraction on security related texts.

Dr. Patrícia Rossini

Dr. Patrícia Rossini

Dr. Rossini is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Broadly speaking, Patricia is interested in studying the interplay between political communication and technologies. Her research focuses on online political talk, social networking sites, online campaigns, deliberation and political participation. She has experience with systematic content analysis, computer-mediated communication, group discussion and deliberation.

Mr. Yatish Hegde

Mr. Yatish Hegde

Mr. Hegde is a member of research staff at the CCDS (Center for Computational and Data Sciences) at Syracuse University and plays a key role in the design and implementation of research projects. Yatish has many years of experience in the development of information retrieval, natural language processing, machine learning, content analysis and digital object repository applications. His current interests include applying NLP and Machine Learning techniques to solve data science problems and developing computational tools for qualitative data analysis.

Consultants

Mr. Roc Myers

Mr. Myers has over 30 year experience in all phases of intelligence systems operations and development for collection and analysis and is one of the TRACE team's Subject Matter Experts (SME). He was the science and technical advisor to the IARPA Incisive Analysis and Smart Collection Offices supporting Reynard, Sirius, ICArUS and UAREHERE programs. He also advised IARPA program manager on advanced human-computer interfaces (HCI), games, and artificial intelligence. Mr. Myers is also the founder of Pertis LLC, a company that develops Synthetic Cognition technology for games and advanced HCI, and has also worked as ManTech International Corporation Senior Program Manager of classified information technology development programs for several Intelligence Community (IC) agencies

Dr. Sarah Taylor

Dr. Taylor is one of the TRACE team's Subject Matter Experts (SME). She has supported efforts in the Intelligence Community and the US Department of Defense to improve analysis methods and apply computer based methods to analysis and information processing for over 30 years. She was instrumental in developing and applying information extraction and machine translation technologies while working for the CIA. Dr. Taylor was the Principal Research Engineer for Lockheed Martin NLP efforts, and has participated in numerous DARPA and IARPA programs, most recently SIRIUS, Metaphor, and SCIL, fulfilling roles as SME.