About the Authors
Gheorghe Tecuci is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Learning Agents Center in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering of George Mason University, and Visiting Professor and former Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the US Army War College. Prof. Tecuci received two Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, from the University of Paris-South and from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He has published over 150 papers and 7 books with important contributions in artificial intelligence, cognitive systems and their military and civilian applications, machine learning and knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, problem solving and planning, and intelligent tutoring systems. The research of Dr. Tecuci was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Community, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Lab, the Army War College, the National Research Council, and other organizations. He was elected member of the Romanian Academy and received several awards, including the US Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the Innovative Application Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the lifetime Outstanding Research Faculty Award from the Volgenau School.
Mihai Boicu is Assistant Professor of Applied Information Technology and Associate Director of the Learning Agents Center at George Mason University. Prof. Boicu received his Ph.D. in IT from GMU. He has published over 50 papers, with contributions in problem solving and learning in dynamic and evolving representation spaces, mixed-initiative interaction, multi-agent systems architecture, collaboration and coordination, and abstraction-based reasoning. He has extensive experience in knowledge engineering in multiple domains, including civilian, military and intelligence analysis. The research of Dr. Boicu was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Community, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Lab and other organizations. Dr. Boicu has received several awards, including the Innovative Application Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Outstanding Student Award from George Mason University, and several certificates of appreciations from the US Army War College, the USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership, and the Air War College.
Jerome J. Comello is Professor of Military Studies in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations of the US Army War College. Professor Comello graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1962. He served for thirty years in Infantry and Mechanized Infantry units in the Federal Republic of Germany, Vietnam and the United States. He served as chief of the leadership branch and force development division of the Army Staff, chief of the strategy and plans division of U.S. Pacific Command and as director of the Advanced Warfighting Studies Program at the U.S. Army War College. In 1992 he joined the faculty of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College as Associate Professor, National Security Studies. In 1995 he returned to the faculty of the Army War College as Associate Professor, Strategic Military Plans and Operations. In 1999 he received a PhD in History and became Professor of Military Studies in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations.
The following have contributed significantly to the development of the most recent version of the Disciple-COG agent presented in this volume:
Dorin Marcu is Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Learning Agents Center.
Dr. Cristina Boicu is Research Assistant Professor in the Learning Agents Center.
Marcel Barbulescu is Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Learning Agents Center.
Dr. Vu Le is Lead Research Engineer with the BAE Systems and former Research Instructor in the Learning Agents Center.
William Cleckner is Operations Research Analyst at the US Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership and a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and has significantly supported the use of the Disciple-COG agent in many courses at the US Army War College.