Next Talk

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Dr. Anastacia “Stacy” MacAllister                              

Technical Director, Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI)

Topic: Developing the Human Machine Teaming (HMT) Ecosystem

Abstract: Department of Defense (DoD) is investing hundreds of billions of dollars in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to help augment warfighters. One such use case utilizing AI/ML technologies is Human Machine Teaming (HMT) with Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs). The goal of HMT in this context is to develop and deploy autonomous aircraft to augment aircrews. The effort requires seamless integration of uncrewed aircraft, crewed aircraft, advanced sensing methods, high performance edge computing, crewed-uncrewed teaming, AI/ML aircraft control algorithms, simulation-based training, and AI/ML algorithm training. This talk describes the HMT ecosystem and its critical technology elements.

Brief bio: Dr. Anastacia “Stacy” MacAllister is the Technical Director of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Currently, Dr. MacAllister is leading the exploration of novel autonomous air to air combat strategies for General Atomics. Throughout her career, Stacy has applied her skills to several critical defense programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and General Atomics’ Predator family of systems. Dr. MacAllister has published over two dozen peer reviewed technical papers, conference proceedings, and journal articles across an array of emerging technology concepts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction with a Minor in Computer Science, all from Iowa State University.

Venue: Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Quanthrough Street, San Diego, CA 92106

Time: Doors to the meeting room open at 11:00 am. The sandwich buffet opens at about 11:30 am.

Luncheon meeting at Southwestern Yacht Club