2020 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA)

August 22-28, 2020
Virtual Conference
hosted by the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Photo Credit: Welcome to Victoria BC by LASZLO ILYES / CC-BY-2.0

CogSIMA 10th Anniversary Panel

The CogSIMA 10th Anniversary Panel looks on historic roots of the conference, sees what the current successes and pitfalls are, and in what directions the conference should go in the future. The panel gathers widely recognized experts in the field cognitive situation management, who are asked to give their opinion on the above-defined issues from multiple scientific viewpoints, including cognitive science, human factors, psychology, computer science and systems engineering.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Gabe Jakobson, CyberGem Consulting, USA


  • Prof. Mieczyslaw "Mitch" M. Kokar, Northeastern University
  • Dr. Mica Endsley, President SA Technologies
  • Prof. Christian Lebiere, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mr. Scott Fouse, Independent Consultant and former Director of Research at Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Mare Teichmann, Chair, Psychology Department, Tallinn University of Technology

Gabriel Jakobson

Gabriel Jakobson is Chief Scientist at CyberGem Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in the development of cognitive situation awareness and control solutions for government and business applications. Dr Jakobson has authored over 140 technical publications in digital control systems, automata theory, expert systems, intelligent databases, real-time event correlations, cognitive situation awareness and control, multi-agent systems, and cyber-attack resilient systems, He received PhD degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia. He is Honorary Doctor of Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He is the chair of the IEEE Man, Systems and Cybernetics Society Committee on Cognitive Situation Management, and in 2011-2015 the General Chair and later the Honorary Chair of the IEEE Conferences on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management.

Mitch Kokar

Mieczyslaw "Mitch" M. Kokar is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University in Boston. He is an active researcher in Situational Awareness, Cognitive Radios, Information Fusion, Ontologies and Semantic Web and Self-Controlling Software. His research focuses on the semantics of communication among heterogeneous computer and human agents. Dr. Kokar has authored and co-authored over 200 journal and conference papers, including two books on cognitive radios. He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Information Fusion and Program Committee member of numerous conferences. He was Technical Co-Chair of CogSIMA - IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support - for five years. He is a senior member of IEEE and senior member of ACM. Dr. Kokar received his M.S. in computer engineering and Ph.D. in computer systems engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.

Mica Endsley

Mica R. Endsley, Ph.D., is President of SA Technologies, a cognitive engineering firm working in the aviation, automotive, military, health care and power systems industries, and she is the former Chief Scientist for the US Air Force. She has also held the positions of Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. Dr. Endsley is a Fellow and Past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Endsley is a recognized world leader in the design, development and evaluation of systems to support human situation awareness (SA) and decision-making, and the integration of humans and automation. She has authored over 200 scientific articles and is the co-author of Analysis and Measurement of Situation Awareness and Designing for Situation Awareness.

Christian Lebiere

Christian Lebiere is a Research Faculty in the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University, having received his Ph.D. from the CMU School of Computer Science. During his graduate career, he studied connectionist models and was the co-developer of the Cascade-Correlation neural network learning. Since 1991, he has worked on the development of the ACT-R hybrid cognitive architecture and was co-author of the 1998 book The Atomic Components of Thought. Recently, Dr. Lebiere has been in defining the Common Model of Cognition, a community-wide effort to consolidate the scientific progress resulting from the 40-year research program in cognitive architectures. Dr. Lebiere is a founding member of the Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures Society, of the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence and the Journal of Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures. His research interests are cognitive architectures and their applications to psychology, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, decision-making, intelligent agents, network science, cognitive robotics and neuromorphic engineering.

Scott Fouse

Scott Fouse is the owner of Fouse Consulting Services, LLC, and former Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, he was responsible for leading approximately 500 scientists and engineers performing research and development in space science and a variety of space systems related technologies and capabilities. Prior to ATC Scott served as Director of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) and was Chief Technology Officer of ATL. Before coming to Lockheed Martin, Scott was President and CEO of ISX Corporation, a company that specialized in creating and transitioning advanced IT systems. Scott was a leader in the DARPA Command Post of the Future project, which created a significant advance in C2 Systems. Shortly after its establishment, the ISX Corporation partnered with MIT to create IS-Robotics. In 1998 IS-Robotics was renamed iRobot. Scott has a BS in Physics from the University of Central Florida, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Scott is a longtime technical and organizational lead of the CogSIMA conferences and is the General Chair of the current conference.

Mare Teichmann

Mare Teichmann is Professor of Psychology, and founder of Chair of Psychology, and founder and director of the Institute of Industrial Psychology at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia. She teaches Industrial and Organizational Psychology subjects at the master and doctoral levels. Her main fields of research are Occupational Stress, Psychosocial Factors at Work, Quality of Life, and Work Locus of Control. Since 1996 she is CEO of PE Konsult Ltd. and consultant in the field of occupational psychology. She is a member of many boards and councils in the area of work and organizational psychology, including WHO Estonian Quality of Life Centre, Estonian representative professor in the European Network of Work and Organizational Psychology, member of Collaborative International Study of Managerial Stress, and president of the Estonian Section of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. She holds eight Author's Certificate of Innovation and several honors and rewards. Now she is involved in the research programs carried on in the Research Laboratory for Proactive Technologies, TUT. She holds PhD in Psychology from the Behterev Psychoneurological Institute in St. Petersburg.


Apr 10: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, CogSIMA 2020 will be held as a completely Virtual Conference.

Aug. 28: A big thank you to our highly engaged participants for making this virtual conference such an enjoyable and interactive experience! We hope to see you next year at CogSIMA 2021!
Aug. 27: Save the dates: CogSIMA 2021 is planned to take place May 17-21, 2021, in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia!
Aug. 27: We will present our plans for CogSIMA 2021 in the Closing session, so please stay with us!
Aug. 26: Congratulations to our Best Student Paper and Best Paper Award winners!
Aug. 25: On LinkedIn? Follow/post using #cogsima for CogSIMA community updates!
Aug. 20: Participation information for the virtual conference updated.
Aug. 19: Program updated.
Aug. 9: We are pleased to announce that Prof. Ben Shneiderman (Univ. of Maryland) will present an Invited Talk.
July 27: We are pleased to announce a workshop on Interoperability for Situation Management and Decision Making.

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