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John Licato awarded AFOSR Young Investigator's Program Award

John Licato

October 12, 2017

Dr. John Licato, an Assistant Professor at the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator's Program (YIP) Award. He will be granted $450,000 over the course of the next three years to support his research in Active Formalization in Artificial and Human Reasoners.

According to a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Article, "The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering."

Dr. John Licato is the founder/director of the Advancing Machine and Human Reasoning (AMHR) Lab. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in May 2015, working under Professor Selmer Bringsjord and specializing in the computational modeling of analogical reasoning. In August 2015, Licato started as an Assistant Professor of computer science at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and founding director of the Analogical Constructivism and Reasoning Lab (ACoRL). Later that year, he was awarded the 2015 AFOSR Young Investigator's Program award. In 2017, he moved to the USF CSE department, and established the AMHR lab.