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Trust and Influence is an interdisciplinary basic research portfolio with two overarching goals. The first, is to advance our basic understanding of human reliance and teaming, to elucidate how people establish, maintain, and repair trust in agents, both human and machine. In particular, it supports research to build the scientific foundations for designing high-performing, mixed humans-machine teams, through properly calibrated trust. Research on the human social and cognitive process that inform the design of systems composed of human and machine agents and the development of novel man-machine interfaces and interaction techniques is of particular interest. The second goal is to advance the science of social influence within the context of national security. For instance, researchers in the program strive to understand the variables that influence human behavior, attitudes and beliefs, sufficient for measurement and forecasting of social phenomena. There is particular interest in developing computational approaches and using large-scale data sets to understand social and cultural behavior. Trust and Influence invests in the discovery of foundational concepts of effective influence, deterrence, trust-building, trust calibration, and counter-terrorism operations. Multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches are encouraged, to include contributions from cognitive science, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, economics, computer science and mathematics. Research designs that incorporate laboratory studies, modeling or field research leading to transformative novel theories are encouraged.
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Contact InformationDr. Laura Steckman AFOSR/RTA-2 Email: TI@us.af.mil