Curriculum Vitae

Anthony M. Harrison

amharrison at gmail.com
anthony.harrison at nrl.navy.mil
Education
PhD, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MS, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
BS, Psychology, Drexel University, 1999
BS, Information Systems, Drexel University, 1999
Employment

Naval Research Laboratory

Engineering Research Psychologist. 2010-Current.

Naval Research Laboratory

Post-doctoral Fellow (Advisor: J. Gregory Trafton). Continued examining the form and function of human spatial reasoning by embedding spatial cognitive models into mobile robotics platforms. Designed and developed a series of models to explore the effect of robots with human cognitive capabilities on human-robot interaction. Leveraged prior experience with simulation and cognitive modeling to develop the high-level control system for the current generation of MDS robots. 2007-2010.

University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center

Graduate Researcher (Advisor: Christian Schunn). Designed and conducted a series of studies exploring errors in human spatial reasoning. Methodologies included in-personal & internet-based behavioral experiments and virtual-reality fMRI. Findings were used to refine ACT-R/S, the first functional theory of spatial cognition within an established cognitive architecture. 2001-2007.

George Mason University, Department of Psychology

Graduate Researcher (Advisor: Christian Schunn). Designed and conducted a series of experiments examining the transfer of logical skills across domains in expert and novice populations. Launched jACT-R and CommonReality open source projects to facilitate higher fidelity models of human cognition. Began the initial formulation and implementation of a general computational theory of human spatial reasoning (SECS & ACT-R/S). 1999-2001.

Cognitive Technologies, Inc.

System Analyst & Programmer. Principle designer and developer for an internet based planning and tutoring suite. 1997 (Summer Co-op).

Science Applications International Corporation

Web Developer. Developed a series of web-based information portals to support various DoD projects. 1996 (Summer Co-op).

Hughes Training, Inc.

Systems Programmer. Developed and tested an implementation of the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) specification. Responsibilities included the network programming, development of test-bed simulators, and integration with deployed simulators. 1994-1996 (Summer Co-op).

Publications

Harrison, A.M., & Trafton, J.G. (2010) Cognition for action: an architectural account for “grounded cognition.” Proceedings of 32nd Cognitive Science Conference, Portland OR.

Trafton, J.G., Harrison, A.M., Fransen, B.R., & Bugajska, M. (2009) An embodied model of infant gaze-following. In A. Howes, D. Peebles, R. Cooper (Eds.), 9th International conference on cognitive modeling – ICCM2009, Manchester, UK.

Fransen, B.R., Herbst, E., Harrison, A.M., Adams, W., Trafton, J.G. (2009) Real-time face and object tracking. Proceedings from 2009 IEEE/RSJ international conference on intelligent robots and systems.

Harrison, A.M., & Trafton, J.G. (2009) Gaze-following and awareness of another’s perspective in chimpanzees. In A. Howes, D. Peebles, R. Cooper (Eds.), 9th International conference on cognitive modeling – ICCM2009, Manchester, UK.

Kennedy, W.G., Bugajska, M.D., Harrison, A.M., & Trafton, J.G. (2009) “Like-me” Simulation as an Effective and Cognitively Plausible Basis for Social Robotics. International journal of social robotics. (Paper)

Harrison, A.M. (2007) Reversal of the Alignment Effect: Influence of Visualization and Spatial Set Size. 29th Cognitive science society conference. (Paper)

Harrison, A.M. (2007) The Influence of Spatial Working Memory Constraints on Spatial Updating. 8th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. Doctoral consortium. (Paper)

Harrison, A. M. (2007). Reversal of the Alignment Effect: Influence of Visualization and Spatial Set Size. Cognitive Science Conference, 2007. [PDF]

Harrison, A. M., & Schunn, C. D. (2004). The transfer of logically general scientific reasoning skills. Cognitive Science Conference, 2004. [PDF]

Harrison, A. M., & Schunn, C. D. (2003). ACT-R/S: Look Ma, No “cognitive-map”! International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, 2003 [PDF]

Presentations

Robotic Secrets Revealed, Episode 002 : The Trouble Begins

Until I can get it embedded correctly, here is the link to our latest research video/submission to AAAI.

 

Enjoy.

Harrison, A.M., Fransen, B.R., Bugajska, M.D, & Trafton, J.G., (2009) Robotic secrets revealed, episode 001. Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Pasadena CA. “Most Informative Video” winner.

Harrison, A.M. (2009) Acting outside the box: Lessons learned when embodiment is the only option. Presented at ACT-R workshop at the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Harrison, A. M., & Schunn, C. D. (2004). The transfer of logically general scientific reasoning skills. Cognitive Science Conference, 2004. [PDF]

Schunn, C. D., & Harrison, A. M. (2003). Segmented Spaces: Coordinated Perception of Space in ACT-R/S Psychology of Space Symposium. International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, 2003.

Harrison, A. M. & Schunn, C. D. (2003). ACT-R/S: Coordinating spatial representations. 10th Annual ACT-R Workshop.

Posters

Harrison, A.M., & Trafton, J.G. (2009) Gaze-following and awareness of another’s perspective in chimpanzees. In A. Howes, D. Peebles, R. Cooper (Eds.), 9th International conference on cognitive modeling – ICCM2009, Manchester, UK.

Hiatt, L.M., Trafton, J. G., Harrison, A.M., & Schultz, A. C., (2004) A cognitive model for spatial perspective taking. International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, 2004.

Harrison, A., Saner, L., Cookson, C., Kunder, D., & Schunn, C. (2002). Automated detection of strategies in free text responses. Cognitive Science Society Conference, Member Abstract. [PDF]

Harrison, A., & Schunn, C. (2002). ACT-R/S: A computational and neurologically inspired model of spatial reasoning. Cognitive Science Society Conference, Member Abstract. [PDF]

Schunn, C., & Harrison, A. (2001). ACT-RS: A neuropsychologically inspired module for spatial reasoning. International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, 2001. [RTF]

Projects

jACT-R

Primary architect and developer for the open source Java implementation of the ACT-R cognitive architecture. This implementation of ACT-R leverages contemporary design principles to produce a simulation system that is loosely coupled and highly scalable, enabling higher fidelity real-time simulations.

CommonReality

Principle designer and developer for a decoupled simulation middleware intended to act as a bridge between various cognitive architectures and arbitrary simulations or real-time sensor systems.

Awards

ONR Service Commendation, 2010

Most Informative AI Video, IJCAI 2009

National Research Council Post-doctoral award, Naval Research Laboratory (2007-Current)

Professional Affiliations
Teaching Experience