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  1. Meeko Oishi
  2. http://www.unm.edu/~oishi
  3. Associate Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. University of New Mexico
  1. Tahira Reid Smith
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Purdue University

Cognitive Autonomy for Human Cyber-Physical Systems

NSF Awards: 1836900, 1836952

2020 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

Human interaction with autonomous cyber-physical systems is becoming ubiquitous in consumer products, transportation systems, manufacturing, and many other domains. This NSF Cyber-Physical Systems program Frontier award, “Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts,” seeks constructive methods to answer the question: How can we design cyber-physical systems to be responsive and personalized, yet also provide high-confidence assurances of reliability? Cyber-physical systems that adapt to the human, and account for the human's ongoing adaptation to the system, could have enormous impact in everyday life as well as in specialized domains (biomedical devices and systems, transportation systems, manufacturing, military applications), by significantly reducing training time, increasing the breadth of the human's experiences with the system prior to operation in a safety-critical environment, improving safety, and improving both human and system performance.  This program features a significant outreach component, the Summer Intensive Research Institute (SIRI), to encourage students to consider careers in cyber-physical systems, through summer undergraduate research.  Undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico, a Hispanic serving institution, will participate in an 8-week research session, in pairs, at Purdue University, with faculty conducting research in cyber-physical systems. SIRI provides a coordinated, culturally relevant program of research and professional development, in a manner that bridges students’ cultural contexts, and exploits opportunities for mentoring and for visible representation of underrepresented minority scientists and engineers.  Through SIRI, we seek to examine how language and culture intersect, to help participating students develop identities as experts, as well as the conditions that support this development.

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    Meeko Oishi

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 12:26 p.m.

    Thank you for visiting our video on our NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier project, “Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS.”  This project is in its first of five years.  The focus of our video is on our primary research objectives, and on our outreach program, a summer intensive research internship for undergraduate students.  This program incorporates culturally responsive pedagogy, to create an inclusive environment for underrepresented students and give them tools to integrate their backgrounds within the context of CPS. We welcome feedback and comments on all aspects of our project.

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    Devon Russell

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 5, 2020 | 01:13 p.m.

    Very interesting project! Have you looked into incorporating this into the agriculture industry?

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    Meeko Oishi

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 08:44 p.m.

    Hi Devon, 

    Thanks for the feedback. Our industrial partners are focused primarily on aerospace, robotics, and defense applications, but the techniques we are developing are general, and may very well be applicable to other domains, such as agriculture.  Interesting idea!

    regards

    Meeko

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    Stephen Alkins

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 05:51 p.m.

     Definitely an intriguing project!!!  I would definitely like to learn more:

    • Could you say a bit more about how you incorporated culturally responsive pedagogy?  What culturally unique and relevant aspects were taken into account from the students? 
    • Do you have any accounts of the student perspective to describe the experience so far, given this is only year one of the grant? 

         Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    Meeko Oishi

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 08:42 p.m.

    Hi Stephen, 

    Thanks for the comments.  We are doing a few things to create a culturally responsive pedagogy: we are creating a professional development curriculum that will be delivered concurrently with the research experience, having students reflect at several points on how their backgrounds contribute to their experience with CPS, and providing weekly opportunities for students to interact with visibly underrepresented researchers and scientists in CPS through a virtual seminar series.  One of our team members will analyze the language that students employ in discussion boards and diary cams, to better understand how students contextualize their research experience.  We're also conducting formal evaluations each year, and plan to use this feedback to iterate on our program design and implementation. 

    This was to be our first summer with the students, but unfortunately, we had to cancel due to coronavirus.  Our research projects were almost all hardware- and human-subject based, in ways that were not amenable to even very creative virtual versions.  So we will launch our summer program in 2021, and look forward to seeing how it goes!

    Thanks,
    Meeko

      

     
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    Stephen Alkins
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    Wendy Smith

    Facilitator
    May 6, 2020 | 08:26 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your video. I wonder about how you plan to measure identity development of your participants?

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    Meeko Oishi

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 7, 2020 | 12:16 a.m.

    Hi Wendy, thanks for your feedback.  My collaborator, Prof. Tryphenia Peele-Eady, has provided the following info: 


    We will use self-reporting, through a study of language, to examine the ways participants talk about themselves and each other in relation to the experience.


    The self-reporting will occur through use of a diary cam, as well as through moderated discussions amongst the students.

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    Feng Liu

    Facilitator
    May 6, 2020 | 11:22 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing this interesting project! Culturally responsive approach is an important instructional strategy especially for underrepresented students. Providing an authentic, safe, and culturally enriched learning environment can definitely help increase the chance of academic success for those students. I am curious about the type of languages as well as cultures being integrated in the system to accommodate the needs of those underrepresented students with different backgrounds.

     
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    Meeko Oishi

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 7, 2020 | 12:13 a.m.

    Hi Feng, thanks for your comments.  UNM, the lead institution for the project, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, and we hope to recruit many students locally from New Mexico.  However, we are also recruiting more broadly through national networks that UNM's Equity and Inclusion Office is involved with.  This year, we had about 60% of our applicants from New Mexico, and 40% from other places in the US. 

     
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    Feng Liu

    Facilitator
    May 8, 2020 | 07:16 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing these information, Meeko. It makes sense for the institution to recruit heavily from the local state. What I hope to see is that for the 40% of applicants recruited from other states have more diversity in different ways (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity).

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