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The Next Frontier: Man-Machine Symbiosis
Date: 2016/3/25             Browse: 535

The Next Frontier: Man-Machine Symbiosis

Speaker: Ahmed H Tewfik

Time: Mar 25, 8:45am - 10:00am.

Location: Room 101, Class Rooms, 新校区公共教学楼101(H2楼南)


Decades of research indicate that humans are not rational decision-makers. Our decisions and assessments of situations we encounter and other individuals or groups are sometimes flawed because they are based on a limited acquisition and rational analysis of information, and strongly influenced by our past experiences. The outcomes of decisions negatively impacted by cognitive biases affect individuals, businesses and society. Their impacts can be temporary and mildly annoying, such as buying an unneeded or wrong tablet or triggering an unwarranted fight with a spouse, or long term and costly, such as marrying the wrong person, wrong product or business decision, or creating an environmental disaster.

In this talk we review the evidence of cognitive biases in human decision making. We then discuss an emerging mathematical theory of man-machine symbiosis. Optimal man machine symbiosis produces better outcomes than those produced by man alone or machine alone. We highlight the challenges that must be solved for optimal man machine symbiosis, formulate solutions to these challenges and conclude with descriptions of initial successes.


Ahmed H Tewfik received his B.Sc. degree from Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, in 1982 and his M.Sc., E.E. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, in 1984, 1985 and 1987 respectively. He is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and the Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. He was the E. F. Johnson professor of Electronic Communications with the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota until September 2010. Dr. Tewfik worked at Alphatech, Inc. and served as a consultant to several companies. From August 1997 to August 2001, he was the President and CEO of Cognicity, Inc., an entertainment marketing software tools publisher that he co-founded, on partial leave of absence from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests are in cognitive augmentation through man-machine symbiosis and mobile computing, medical imaging and brain computing interfaces. Prof. Tewfik is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1997 - 1999. He received the IEEE third Millennium award in 2000. He was elected to the position of VP Technical Directions of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2009 and served on the board of governors of that Society from 2006 to 2008. He has given several plenary and keynote lectures at IEEE conferences.


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