• Parallax Advanced Research scientist selected for DARPA Riser Program 
    Parallax Advanced Research scientist selected for DARPA Riser Program 
Published on
Nov 14, 2022

Beavercreek, OH – Dr. Matt Molineaux, director of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy research at Parallax Advanced Research, has been selected for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Riser Program 2022

The Risers program selects researchers and innovators whose work is of significance to national security and gives them an opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding work and present their ideas directly to DARPA program managers. Individuals selected for the program become members of the DARPA Risers class and present their ideas at assigned venues as per the presentation schedule. 

Dr. Molineaux was nominated for the program by Mr. Ted Senator, program manager at the Defense Science Office at DARPA. Mr. David Aha, director of the Navy Center for Applied Research in AI, Naval Research Laboratory, provided a strong supporting recommendation. Dr. Molineaux’s nomination was a result of his work on “Testing AI Learning in Open-world Novelty Scenarios (TALONS),” a novelty generation and evaluation verification and validation system for artificial intelligence.  

The purpose of TALONS is to future proof AI by preparing it for potentially unknown circumstances and dynamics relevant to an agent’s operation.

“Through our work on TALONS, we have created a domain independent novelty generator and have formal documents that describe how novelty operates,” said Dr. Molineaux. 

As part of his selection into the 2022 Risers class, Dr. Molineaux presented a poster on the topic of agent-directed learning at the DARPA Forward event held at The Ohio State University in October 2022. The presentation was viewed by DARPA program managers and leadership and the public. Parallax congratulates Dr. Molineaux on his selection and the prestigious recognition of his notable research of national security benefit. 

Dr. Molineaux has a PhD in Computer Science from George Mason University, an MS in Computer Science from DePaul University, and a BS in Computer Science from Eckerd College with 18 years of experience in the field. His research is focused on building state-of-the-art intelligent systems and decision aids. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to joining Parallax, Dr, Molineaux supported AI projects at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Knexus Research Corporation, including work under DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). As the director of AI and Autonomy at Parallax, he is a key contributor to the Strategic Chaos Engine for Planning, Tactics, Experimentation and Resiliency (SCEPTER) program for DARPA; and the technical lead for the Air Force Research Laboratory ACT3 program at Parallax.  


About Parallax Advanced Research  

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