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Celebrating International Women's Day with a Call to Action
Happy International Women's Day! As a mother working in the defense industry for a female-owned company, I must admit that today is a mixed bag of emotions. For starters, this article from last month lists the high-profile glass-ceiling-breaking women that have chosen to leave the workforce, stating, “The pattern has the potential to unwind decades of progress toward gender equity and increased female leadership in the workplace." Add to that...
Design Heuristics for Developing an Effective Human-Agent Co-Learning Tool
The USAF has funded the development of an AI-driven co-learning partner that monitors student learning, predicts learning outcomes, and provides appropriate support, recommendations, and feedback. As a trusted partner, AI co-learning agents have the potential to enhance learning though the challenge is developing an evolving agent that continually meets the learner’s needs as the learner progresses toward proficiency. Taking a user-centered design approach, we derived a series of heuristics to guide the development of an AI co-learning tool for adoption and sustained use then mapped technical feature recommendations onto each heuristic.
At Home with Agile
2023 is here, and I’m not ready. As the project manager at QIC, I ensure that our project objectives are met using techniques rooted in the Agile methodology. No project has felt too daunting to manage nor a team too challenging to collaborate with. Yet here I am, staring January in the face, terrified of how I will manage my family and household. I need a plan. I need help. There’s going to be a crib-to-bed transition. Potty training. Swimming, ballet, soccer, gymnastics, skating, and karate classes. It’s. All. Too. Much. How to stem the hysteria? How to tackle this overwhelm?
The Army’s IVAS Program: Should We Start Over?
Last week, Congress blocked a $400 million award to Microsoft for the purchase of nearly 7000 Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) systems for the Army. The award would have followed the Army’s investment of $125 million to develop the Hololens-based augmented reality headset. The issue? IVAS proved to be spectacularly problematic in user testing last year, with 80% of Soldiers reporting physical discomfort, eye strain, nausea, and other issues within the first three hours of use. Instead, they awarded a $40 million contract to develop yet another version of IVAS…to Microsoft, the same company that delivered the current system.
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