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DARPA World Modelers: Machine Assistance for Causal Analysis and Control of the World's Complex Systems

Joshua Elliot | DARPA, Information Innovation Office
1.14.19 @ 3pm, B33:H114

Dr. Joshua Elliott joined DARPA in September 2017. His research interests include modeling and prediction of complex natural and socio-economic systems and how computational technologies can be leveraged to improve all aspects of science and modeling from data discovery to analysis.

Elliott joins DARPA from the University of Chicago Computation Institute, where he led research projects related to socio-technical change, optimal decision- and policy-making under uncertainty, and environmental variability and its impact on food security. Elliott has also held positions with the Argonne National Lab, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Columbia University.

Elliott holds doctorate and Master of Science degrees in physics from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Texas, Austin. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports.

Elliott is the Program Manager for 'World Modelers', which aims to develop technology that integrates qualitative causal analyses with quantitative models and relevant data to provide a comprehensive understanding of complicated, dynamic national security questions. The goal is to develop approaches that can accommodate and integrate dozens of contributing models connected by thousands of pathways-orders of magnitude beyond what is possible today.

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