Naval Research Labs
Paul Bello is the director of the Integrated Cognitive Systems Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the former director of the Cognitive Science and AI program at the Office of Naval Research. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive science in 2005 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his graduate work was an early contribution to the now blossoming area of AI and ethics. At ONR, Bello spearheaded an effort to expand funding and visibility for cognitive systems research including issues pertaining to the development of artificial moral agents and the study of human moral cognition. In his current role at NRL, Bello co-directs the ARCADIA research program: an ambitious effort to explore the relationships between attention, (self)-consciousness, and agency by building an attention-centric cognitive system.