IHMC Newsletter highlights human-machine teaming research and more

The latest edition of IHMC’s newsletter is now available, highlighting the work of our incredibly talented team.

Dr. Matt Johnson and his team at work.

Dr. Matt Johnson’s research has included training drones to assist first responders and others in dangerous scenarios. Credit: IHMC staff.

Among the features in this issue is the work of Senior Research Scientist Dr. Matt Johnson, one of IHMC’s leaders in the human-machine teaming, working on technologies that can be applied in domains including disaster response, space applications, aviation, and military operations.

Johnson’s research into making human-machine teams more flexible, resilient, and effective also falls under this umbrella. Projects such as those Johnson is currently leading include using virtually reality, simulations and other tools to build training platforms to improve collaboration between humans and their machine partners.

“AI comes in a lot of flavors,” Johnson says. “It’s very broad, and IHMC’s been involved from the beginning with the different approaches.”

The newsletter, available here, also features:

  • Research on how the Internet of Things could be applied to benefit military operators, disaster response and the like.
  • An IHMC-designed haptic sensor in flight gloves that could make it easier for flight crew to operate safely in extreme environments.
  • Our partnership with the American Magic yacht racing team.
  • An update on construction of the $40 million Healthspan, Resilience, and Performance research complex, due to be completed later this year.
  • Recaps of Science Saturdays, Robots Camp and other community outreach efforts.
  • And much more.

IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System where researchers pioneer science and technology aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. IHMC researchers and staff collaborate extensively with the government, industry and academia to help develop breakthrough technologies. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Institutes of Health, IBM, Microsoft, Honda, Boeing, Lockheed, and many others.