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Dixie Forum to host presentation on artificial intelligence, autonomous systems

Dr. Alexander Stimpson, a senior research scientist at Duke University, will present on human collaboration with autonomous systems in the next installment of Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum.

Stimpson’s presentation will take place at noon on Tuesday, March 7, in the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will address challenges facing research on artificial intelligence and human collaboration with autonomous systems such as drones and self-driving cars. Additionally, Stimpson will discuss the research efforts taking place in Duke’s Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. The presentation will provide insight into the future of autonomous systems and how to integrate them into operational environments.

Stimpson earned his doctorate in aeronautic and astronautic engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014. Now, as a senior researcher at Duke, Stimpson manages research programs that are sponsored by NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, Google X and Amazon Robotics. Stimpson is recognized globally for his expertise on drones and supervisory control and is the founder of startup companies Cryoocyte and Autonometrics.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. The forum will be on recess March 14 as Dixie State is on spring break but will resume March 21, when Dr. Steve Armstrong will lead a group in presenting “Making Movies in Washington County: An Oral History.”

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu or visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.