Mark is a Research Fellow and director of SIFT's Boston regional office in Lexington Ma.
He is co-PI (with David McDonald) of SIFT's CLIC (project in DARPA's Communicating with Computers program (2015-2020) that is developing the reasoning system for a multi-domain dialog system, being tested in both biocuration and in blocks world. With Prof. James Pustejovsky (Brandeis) and Prof. Brent Cochran (Tufts Medical School)Past Projects (at SIFT)
Mark led SIFT's R3 (Reading, Reasoning, Remembering) project in DARPA's Big Mechanism program (2014-2018), which used automated semantic natural language processing to build models of chemical pathways involved in cancer.
He was also Principal Investigator for SIFT's STRATUS project in DARPA's MRC program (2012-2016), which is applying AI planning and plan recognition technologies to address cyber-security issues for cloud-based computing.Past Projects (at BBN Technologies)
- 2006-2010 POIROT - A multi-strategy learning system to reason from one or a small number of examples in order to learn executable web service workflow procedures.
- 2000-2005 Automatic Tools for Mappings Between Ontologies (DARPA DAML Program, ) - co-PI with Prof. Drew McDermott at Yale University
- 2001-2003 Mixed-Initiative Control of Autonomous Unmanned Units under Uncertainty (DARPA MICA Program)- co-PI with Dr. David Diller at BBN, Prof. Sebastian Thrun at Stanford University and Prof. Geoff Gordon at CMU
- 1997-2002 Team Leader: Mixed-Initiative Agent Team Management and Evaluation (DARPA CoABS Program) - PI and leader of MIATA, a group of ten research projects, whose focus was on mixed-initiative control of agent systems.
- 1996-2002 Mission Planning System - with Dr. Doug Smith at Kestrel Institute - a mixed-initiative scheduling system developed for the US Air Mobility Commannd
- 1994-1998 Airlift Scheduling Tools (AFRL- Rome Site) with Doug Smith at Kestrel and Dr. Stephen F. Smith at CMU Robotics Institute.
- 1990-1994 ARPA/Rome Laboratory Planning Initiative (ARPI) - As Technical Leader of the Program's BBN-led integration team, Mark coordinated the efforts to coordinate, integrate, and evaluate the work of many of country's the leading planning and scheduling researchers.
- 1985-1989 PI: Large-Scale Knowledge Acquisition Tools (DARPA's Strategic Computing Program)
- 1984-1988 Modeling Human Plausible Reasoning (ARL) - co-PI with Dr. Allan Collins