The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, located in downtown Ocala, has been in existence as long as I can remember and I've been in Ocala for 13 years. The name itself gives rise to questions rather than answers, but the institute is all about finding answers.
Inside this building, "a group of scientific researchers assembled from around the world collaborate on projects ranging from predicting cyber attacks to helping patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) communicate with the world around them.
"The complicated nature of their research requires exceptional minds from almost every scientific field ... [who] have come together under one roof to help solve some of the most pressing problems facing mankind today."
Here are just two examples of the people working at IHMC: Dr. Bonnie Dorr, the IHMC Associate Director, earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founded the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Yorick Wilks, a Senior Research Scientist from London, attended Cambridge University and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy.
Other scientists working at IHMC have similar credentials and we are fortunate to have this institute here in Ocala.
[Note: Thanks to Ocala Style magazine for much of this information.]