IDA in the Research Community Archives, 2020-Q4

IDA Research Staff participate actively in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Below are some recent citations of IDA Researchers and their work.

Burchard Discusses Election Violence in Podcast
photo, Stephanie Burchard Stephanie Burchard and University of Chicago’s Austin Wright discussed election violence in a Neither Free Nor Fair podcast by Political Economy Forum.
Rieksts, Guerrera Spoke at MORS Forum
Brian Rieksts and Kristen Guerrera Brian Rieksts and Kristen Guerrera presented “Options to Use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Assessment of Defense Acquisition Programs” at the Military Operations Research Symposium (MORS) 2020 Emerging Techniques Forum. The online presentation was held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Alberts Gives Keynote during NATO Webinar
photo, David Alberts David Alberts presented the keynote speech at the NATO C2COE C2 Webinar 2020: “Multi-Domain Operations: Keys to Master Complexity,” which was held on November 10.
Lockwood Presented FIFE to West Point Faculty, Researchers
photo, Julie Lockwood Julie Lockwood presented the Finite-Interval Forecasting Engine (FIFE) and its application to military personnel attrition (the Retention Prediction Model) in a virtual seminar to West Point economics faculty and researchers at the Army’s Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. FIFE is a flexible attrition forecasting toolkit that implements survival analysis using machine learning.
Burchard Spoke at Workshop on “The Pursuit of Peaceful Polling”
photo, Stephanie Burchard Stephanie Burchard was among the speakers at the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s workshop on “The Pursuit of Peaceful Polling.” The virtual event was held December 7-8, 2020. Stephanie discussed the role of institutional trust in preventing or enabling electoral violence in Africa.
Simpson Talks “Network Defense”
photo, Randy Simpson Randy Simpson spoke on “Network Defense in an End-to-End Paradigm” at the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications. His talk was held on November 21, 2020, the first day of the conference. Randy co-authored the conference paper with Kevin Foltz.
Africa Watch COVID-19 Edition
photo, Dorina Bekoe (left) and Sarah Daly (right) COVID-19 has had a unique impact in African countries. In this special edition of Africa Watch—COVID-19, IDA researchers Dorina Bekoe and Sarah Daly join Elissa Miller (formerly of IDA) in examining the impact of the coronavirus in Kenya, in terms of pandemic restrictions and the resilience of institutions.
Corbin Served on SpaceVision Panel
Space Vision 2020 Ben Corbin spoke on the Space Relays, Debris, and Traffic panel at the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space’s annual SpaceVision conference. Ben is an alumni of the program, having led chapters at the University of Central Florida and Massachusetts Institute of Technology while in college. The panel occurred on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Balakrishnan Spoke at ASME Conference
Asha Balakrishnan spoke at a Manufacturing Policy Forum at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosted the online event, which occurred on November 18, 2020.
Rosenberg Introduced Event on the Cuban Missile Crisis
David Rosenberg introduced the virtual program “Inside the Cuban Missile Crisis: How an American Submarine in the Mediterranean Played Its Part.” The program, a collaboration of Smithsonian Associates and the Naval Submarine League, was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Zuckerman Participated on Panel
Photo, Dr Brian L. Zuckerman, Adjunct RSM | STPI Brian Zuckerman participated alongside panelists from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and NASA in an October 27 panel at the 2020 American Evaluation Association meeting entitled, “Drivers and Barriers to the Use of Evaluation Results.”
Medical Study Cites ktrain
Arun Maiya Using ktrain, a machine learning library developed by IDA’s Arun Maiya, medical researchers in Australia trained a model to predict Emergency Room (ER) patient disposition using 9 years of ER triage notes and achieved accuracy scores close to that of human experts. The study, “Advanced Natural Language Processing Technique to Predict Patient Disposition Based on Emergency Triage Notes” is published in Emergency Medicine Australasia.
Fischerkeller Published in Asia Policy
Michael Fischerkeller wrote “Opportunity Seldom Knocks Twice: Influencing China’s Trajectory via Defend Forward and Persistent Engagement in Cyberspace,” an article published in Asia Policy.
Warden Wrote Article on Conventional-Nuclear Integration
John Warden wrote “Conventional-Nuclear Integration in the Next National Defense Strategy,” which is part of Center for a New American Security’s commentary series on the tough issues that the next defense strategy should tackle.
Greenwood Published in Marine Corps Gazette
Tom Greenwood wrote “Winning Battles Will Not Be Enough in a Great Power Conflict,” published in the November issue of Marine Corps Gazette.
Balakrishnan Spoke on Space Security
Asha Balakrishnan was among the speakers at “Seeing Space Security: The role of space situational awareness for verification of future space arms control,” a two-hour discussion hosted by Secure World Foundation and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. The online event occurred on November 10, 2020.
Cazares, Holzer, Parrish Talk Artificial Intelligence in War of the Rocks
In War on the Rocks, Shelley Cazares, Jenny Holzer, and Emily Parrish discuss how artificial intelligence could have helped defend America against adversarial attacks on Twitter in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, allowing a human intelligence analyst to easily track changes in the adversary’s online tactics over time. The researchers are also featured in a recent IDA Ideas podcast, hosted by Rhett Moeller.
Bashai Spoke on Panel at African Strategic Forum
Linda Bashai served as a panelist on Post-Revolution Sudanese Security Sector Reform and Social Transformation. The event was part of The African Strategic Forum, hosted by The Institute of World Politics. The panel addressed what steps will increase the likelihood of a successful transition and reformed security sector in Sudan. The virtual event was held Friday, October 30, 2020.
Garibaldi Speaks on AI Panel
Skip Garibaldi served on a Mathematical Foundations for Trusted AI panel in a two-day event hosted by Sandia National Laboratories. Skip shared his perspectives on the current state of the art in this quickly evolving field. Other panelists on this topic included Anna Gilbert, Professor at Yale University; Karen Willcox, Director at University of Texas; Rebecca Willett, Professor at University of Chicago; and Chris Wood, Vice President at Santa Fe Institute. The meeting occurred on Tuesday, October 20.