ARL Scientist and Engineer Win Best Paper Award at 22nd Annual BRiMS Conference

August 15, 2013

Aided by the Internet, Dr. Kevin Chan, electronics engineer, and Dr. Jin-Hee Cho, computer scientist, of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Computational and Information Sciences Directorate's Tactical Network Assurance Branch, were recently recognized with the Best Paper Award at the 22nd Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, or BRiMS, held at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

The BRiMS conference enables modeling and simulation research scientists, engineers and technical communities across disciplines to meet, share ideas, identify capability gaps, discuss cutting-edge research directions, highlight promising technologies and showcase the state-of-the-art in applications.

Papers presented at this year's BRiMS conference analyzed human factors and human-machine systems through modeling and simulation of empirical data related to areas including modeling and simulation in military domains, tools for building distributed/large-scale M&S systems, data-driven modeling and simulation, virtual world research, biological influences in behavioral models and networked systems models/social cognition.

Chan and Cho's paper, titled "A Trust-Based Framework for Information Sharing Behavior in Command and Control Environments," was also co-authored by Sibel Adali, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a product of collaboration under the auspices of the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance.

This work proposes a trust-based information sharing agent model that behaves according to the perception of the willingness and competence of its neighboring agents.

Information sharing benefits more from trust-based relationships and organizational structures in comparison to traditional rules-based hierarchical approaches.

"Having worked in trust and network science at ARL for several years, it is an honor to be awarded the best paper at this conference. This is an example that our research here at ARL stands up to the other research in the modeling and simulation research community," said Chan.

According to Chan, this award almost didn't happen. The original BRiMS conference was cancelled due to sponsors pulling out, and ended up being held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Chan ended up presenting remotely via Google Hangout.

Chan noted that this award supports the idea that ARL can conduct successful multidisciplinary research and build solid collaborative relationships with other research institutions.

"Our co-author, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Sibel Adali, is a member of the Network Science CTA and this paper is the product of collaborative research under the CTA. We appreciate the wonderful working relationship we have with Professor Sibel Adali. Her multiple visits to ARL have allowed us to create such a relationship, and this paper is one of the products of these interactions. The visibility of ARL research being associated with best papers can only enhance the reputation of this laboratory," stated Chan.

Cho said that she is honored and surprised to have been selected to receive this award, yet appreciative at the same time.

"Years ago, while I was studying social sciences, I wanted to test my potential, which is why I decided to pursue the computer science area. My career now had been a blending of these two fields. However, I accept this recognition on behalf of the many fine scientists who have been my collaborators as well as colleagues," added Cho.

According to Cho, this award validates the role of trust and its impact on the success of the Army's missions. Establishing, measuring, predicting and controlling trust are all elements that are critical for more accurate decision-making for the Warfighter.

"I am grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with Network Science CTA researchers including our collaborative partner, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in this endeavor. Hopefully the visibility of this work will help attract more collaborators and sponsors to further our research on trust," Cho stated.


Last Update / Reviewed: August 15, 2013