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Value-centered Information Theory for Adaptive Learning, Inference, Tracking, and Exploitation

Program Manager: Dr. Liyi Dai, ARO


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A complete roster and web page links may be found at People.


Our research program aims to lay the foundations for a new systems theory that applies to general controlled information gathering and inference systems with mission planning. Our research approach comprises three inter-related research themes that collectively address the most critical research challenges. These thrusts are:

  1. information-driven structure learning and representation
  2. distributed information fusion
  3. active resource management for effective information exploitation.

We aim to develop an end-to-end framework that will result in better raw sensor data acquisition and processing, improved fusion of multiple sources and modalities, and more effective sensor management and control.

Executive Summary

An executive summary of the project can be found here.


Second-year review meeting

Monday, September 9th, 2013
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Seminar Room, Zahl Building
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi MD 20783
ARL visitor pamphlet: .pdf Non-ARL personnel should arrange invitations for attendance through Dr. Liyi Dai, ARO

Morning of the review:

You will need to budget 30 minutes to get onto base, get your badge, and get escorted to the seminar room. Government issued ID will be required (2 forms of government issued ID required for non-US citizens). Visitors should try to park in the South Lot. Late arrivals may have to park in K Lot. Visitors will then enter through building 205 and report to the badging office. All are labeled on the ARL visitors pamphlet. US visitors will be escorted from the badging room to the meeting room in Zahl. Non-US visitors will need to be escorted from the main front gate to parking, badging, and then the meeting room. The visit requests will let the guards know who to contact to escort the non-US visitors.


 Time           Activity 
 8:00 – 8:30    Check in at ARL visitor office 
 8:30 - 8:35    Welcome, Liyi Dai 
 8:35 - 8:50    Project overview, Al Hero 
 8:50 - 10:15   Thrust area I: Learning and Representation 
                Overview, Michael Jordan 
                PI Summaries, Michael Jordan, Stefano Soatto, Al Hero, Angela Yu
10:15 - 10:30   Break 
10:30 - 11:35   Thrust area II: Information Fusion
                Overview, John Fisher
                PI summaries, Raj Rao Nadakuditi, Emre Ertin, John Fisher
11:35 - 12:00   Collaborative highlights
12:00 - 12:15   DURIP testbed, Emre Ertin
12:15 - 2:15    Lunch and poster session
 2:15 - 3:20    Thrust area III: Information Exploitation
                Overview, Doug Cochran
                PI summaries: Randy Moses, Jon How, Doug Cochran
 3:20 - 3:30    Wrap-up, Al Hero
 3:30 - 4:30    Government discussion and de-briefing
 4:30           Adjourn

Slides for second-year review meeting

Project overview (Hero): File:1Hero overview 13.pptx,File:1Hero overview 13.pdf

Learning thrust area overview (Jordan):

Learning thrust subarea 1 (Jordan):
Learning thrust subarea 2 (Soatto): File:4AroMuriReviewSoatto2013.pdf, File:Search demo.mp4, File:Searchdemo2.mp4
Learning thrust subarea 3 (Hero): File:5Hero thrust1 13.pptx,File:5Hero thrust1 13.pdf
Learning thrust subarea 4 (Yu):

Fusion thrust area overview (Fisher):

Fusion thrust subarea 1 (Nadakuditi): File:Nadakuditi MURI.pptx
Fusion thrust subarea 2 (Ertin): File:ErtinMURI2013.pptx
Fusion thrust subarea 3 (Fisher): File:3Fisher thrust2 2013.pdf

Collaborative highlights (Hero): DURIP testbed (Ertin):

Exploitation thrust area overview (Cochran):

Exploitation thrust subarea 1 (Moses): File:Moses thrust2 13.pptx,File:Moses thrust2 13.pdf
Exploitation thrust subarea 2 (How):
Exploitation thrust subarea 3 (Cochran): File:15Cochran thrust3 13.pptx

Wrap-up (Hero): File:16Hero wrapup 13.pptx,File:16Hero wrapup 13.pdf

Poster titles and presenters

Collaborative highlights topics

First year review meeting

Monday, October 29, 2012
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Rice Conference Room, 6764 Boelter Hall
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Hotels and transportation

Parking information for those with cars:

For those arriving by car from the South, exit the 405 freeway at Wilshire East, then follow Wilshire East to Westwood North, that end into campus. Past the hospitals there is a parking booth in the center divider. Stop there and get a daily permit for $11. Also ask them for a campus map. You will go to Boelter Hall, that is on your right behind the building that carries the sign "Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science". We will meet in the Rice Conference Room on the 6th floor, south-west corner of the building. For any problems, call Stefano Soatto at (310) 869 2972.

Agenda (Revised):

The formal agenda will start at 8:30AM with overview and presentations from the VoI MURI team. We will break for lunch and posters (presented by MURI-supported students) at around 11:30AM. We will then resume at 1PM with more presentations and wrapup, ending at around 2:30. This will be followed by a government caucus and feedback at around 3:30PM to the MURI team.

Kickoff meeting

Thursday, October 13, 2011
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Johnson Rooms, 3rd floor, Lurie Engineering Center
1221 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

For visitor information, please click here.

Pre-kickoff meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10 AM - 5 PM
George Haddad Conference Room, 3rd floor, EECS building
1301 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

Internal collaborations

collaborations: collaborative activities between co-PI's.


publications: links to publications resulting from this program.


reports: links to reports on this program.


code: links to software related to this research.

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