Dr. Kenneth R. Stephens  

Ken Stephens is the President and Founder of Operant WebSites and also Behavioral Safety Services, having previously co-founded and presided over BehavHeuristics, Inc. for almost 10 years, and helping to start Applied Behavior Systems, LLC. Dr. Stephens' doctorate (1980) was earned in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Since then his focus has been on applying this understanding of behavior to the World Wide Web, object-oriented software development, intelligent software agents, user interface development, computer-based training, assistive technology, web application development, and behavior analysis.  Operant WebSites is an extension of this theme to the development of highly interactive web sites and virtual communities.

Education
Special Qualifications and Interests
Computer Competencies
Work Experience
Editorial Positions
Professional Memberships
Publications and Presentations
Personal

Education

Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis,
  Western Michigan University
1980
M.A. Experimental Analysis of Behavior,
  Western Michigan University
1977
B.A. Psychology,
  University of Texas at Arlington
1973

Special Qualifications and Interests


Computer Competencies


Professional Experience


Behavioral Safety Services, Inc. (2007-present)

Founder and President


Operant Websites, Inc. (1996-present)

President.


Applied Behavior Systems (1999-2001)

Chief Executive Officer.


BehavHeuristics, Inc. (1986 - 1996)

Principal and co-founder. President and Chief Executive Officer (1986-1996).
Treasurer (1986-92).
Acting Director of Engineering (1992-93).
Acting Director of Research (1995).
Director, Intelligent Agents Program (1996).


ManTech Services Corp (1982 - 1986)

Team Leader, Instructional Systems Development team


Western Michigan University(1981 - 1982)

Assistant Professor, Psychology.


Univ. of Michigan School of Medicine, Pharmacology Dept. (1979 - 1981)

Research Associate.

Systems Analyst.


Olivet College (1978 - 1979)

Instructor, Mathematics and Psychology.


Editorial Positions


Professional Memberships


Papers and Publications

Stephens, K.R., Hutchison, W.R., and Potter, W. (2001). Helping autistic and DD children with computerized instruction. Association of Behavior Analysis, New Orleans, May 2001.

Stephens, K.R. (2001). Intelligent agents and verbal behavior. Association of Behavior Analysis, New Orleans, May 2001.

Stephens, K.R., Harshbarger, D. and Constantine, B.J. (2000). Leading Edge Behavioral Technology: What the future holds for Behavior Analysis in cyberspace. Association of Behavior Analysis, Washington D.C., May 2000.

Stephens, K.R., Constantine, B.J. and Sloane, H.N. (1999). On-line data collection in a "Behavioral Virtual Community". American Psychological Association, Division 25, Boston, August 1, 1999.

Stephens, K.R. (1998). New Prospectus: The re-launch of www.behavior.org and the birth of the Cambridge Center Virtual Meeting. Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies Internal White Paper. April, 1998.

Stephens, K.R. (1996). Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and Intelligent Agents. Association of Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, May 28, 1996.

Stephens, K.R. (1995). Behavior Analysis and Intelligent Agent Theory. Paper Submitted to the CIKM-95 Workshop on Intelligent Information Agents.

Stephens, K.R. (1995). Intelligent Autonomous Software Agents: Prospects for BehavHeuristics/Behavior Systems Software. BehavHeuristics Internal White Paper. September 18, 1995.

Stephens, K.R. (1994). Commercial opportunities for 7G. Paper presented in session on Seventh Generation software. Association of Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, May 1994.

Stephens, K.R. (1993). Developing the corporate infrastructure (with a little help from our friends). Invited address to the Maryland Partnership Showcase, BWI Airport, MD. September 14, 1993.

Stephens, K.R. & Hutchison, W.R. (1993). Behavior analysis and the quest for machine intelligence. Educational Technology. October, 1993: 52-61.

Stephens, K.R. & Hutchison, W.R. (1992). Behavioral personal digital assistants: the seventh general of computing. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 10: 149-156.

Bell, T.M., Hutchison, W.R., & Stephens, K.R. (1992). Using adaptive networks for resource allocation in changing environments. In P.J.G. Lisboa (Ed.), Current Perspectives in Neural Networks. London: Chapman and Hall.

Stephens, K.R., Hutchison, W.R. Hormby, S., & Bell, T.M. (1990). Dynamic resource allocation using adaptive networks. Neurocomputing, 2: 9-16.

Hutchison, W.R., Stephens, K.R., & Bell, T.M. (1990). Adaptive networks for scheduling and inventory control: Resource allocation in changing environments. The Third European Seminar on Neural Computing: The Marketplace. London.

Bell, T.M., Stephens, K.R., & Hutchison, W.R. (1989). ANATS: Adaptive Network Aircrew Training Scheduler, Final Report. IR&D Contract #5-04915, Link Flight Simulation Division, CAE-Link Corporation: Binghamton, NY.

Bell, T.M., Hormby, S., & Stephens, K.R. (1989). ANATS: Adaptive Network Aircrew Training Scheduler, User's Manual. IR&D Contract #5-04915, Link Flight Simulation Division, CAE-Link Corporation: Binghamton, NY.

Stephens, K.R., Nakhwa, R., Myers, R., & Hutchison, W.R. (1989). ANATS: Adaptive Network Aircrew Training Scheduler, Technical Report. IR&D Contract #5-04915, Link Flight Simulation Division, CAE-Link Corporation: Binghamton, NY.

Stephens, K.R., Hutchison, W.R., & Hormby, S. Integration of tactical and strategic marketing in the Air Transport industry. Air Transport Research International Forum, Washington, D.C. March 2, 1989.

Stephens, K.R., Hutchison, W.R., & Hormby, S. Production-resource Allocation in the Factory of the Future. Multi-industry Yield Management Conference, Charlotte, NC. February, 16, 1989.

Hutchison, W.R. & Stephens, K.R. The Airline Marketing Tactician: Allocation of resources in changing environments. European Seminar on Neural Computing: Commercial Prospects, London, England. February 16, 1989.

Stephens, K.R., Hutchison, W.R., & Bell, T.M. Concepts, models and theories in adaptive networks. Association for Behavior Analysis, Philadelphia, PA. May 29, 1988.

Hutchison, W.R., Stephens, K.R., & Bell, T.M. Behavioral implementations and applications of adaptive networks. Association for Behavior Analysis, Philadelphia, PA. May 29, 1988.

Hutchison, W.R. & Stephens, K.R. Behavior Analytic Artificial Intelligence and "neural networks." Preconvention institute, Association for Behavior Analysis, Philadelphia, PA. May 27, 1988.

Stephens, K.R. What's happening in artificial intelligence (or at least a biased subset). Invited address. National Grocers Association Computer Conference, Houston, TX. March, 1988.

Jones, K.R., Bamford, D.E., Richardson, J.J., Sizer, T., Tiene, K., Stephens, K.R., Bell, T.M., & Hutchison, W.R. Maintainer's Associate Training Instructional Environment: ITS Demonstration (MATIE II). Air Force Human Resources Laboratory report, February, 1988.

Stephens, K.R. Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence for behavior analysts. Association for Behavior Analysis, Nashville, TN. May 25, 1987.

Stephens, K.R. & Hutchison, W.R. Behavior analysis and intelligent machines. Accepted for Cybernetic, Vol. III, but unpublished.

Hutchison, W.R. & Stephens, K.R. Integration of distributed and symbolic knowledge representations. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Neural Networks, 2: 395-398, 1987.

Hutchison, W.R. & Stephens, K.R. The Airline Marketing Tactician (AMT): a commercial application of adaptive networking. Proceedings of the first International Conference on Neural Networks, 4: 753-756. IEEE Press, 1987.

Hutchison, W.R. & Stephens, K.R. Artificial intelligence: demonstration of an operant approach. Association for Behavior Analysis, Milwaukee, WI. May 23, 1986.

Stephens, K.R., Crego, M., & Bingham, J.L. The ManTech Computer Center VAX Users Guide. ManTech Services Corporation, Alexandria, VA, 1986.

Stephens, K.R. State notation and a top-down instructional design methodology. 27th ADCIS Conference Proceedings, pp. 17-21. Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems, New Orleans, LA. 1986.

Stephens, K.R. The implications of Artificial Intelligence techniques for behavioral courseware developers. Association for Behavior Analysis, Columbus, OH. May 26, 1985.

Stephens, K.R. A behavioral analysis of computer-oriented behavior. Association for Behavior Analysis, Columbus, OH. May 25, 1985.

Stephens, K.R. & Hutchison, W.R. An extension of a verbal behavior analysis to computer-oriented behavior. Association for Behavior Analysis, Columbus, OH. May 25, 1985.

Stephens, K.R. A top-down structure for instructional design. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Columbus, OH. May 24, 1985.

Stephens, K.R. LSI-11 / RSX-11M systems integration and demonstration. CADCOM Report No. 83-10, July, 1983. Technical report - U.S. Army Research Institute.

Young, A.M., Stephens, K.R., Hein, D.W., & Woods, J.H. Reinforcing and discriminative stimulus properties of mixed agonist-antagonist opioids. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 1984, 229, 118-126.

Young, A.M. & Stephens, K.R. Antagonism of the discriminative effects of ethylketazocine, cyclazocine, and nalorphine in macaques. Psychopharmacology, 1984, 84, 356-361.

Stephens, K.R. Opiate discrimination in the rhesus monkey. Invited address. Eighth Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Milwaukee, WI. May 29, 1982.

Woods, J.H., Solomon, R.E., Herling, Sy, Winger, G.D. and Stephens, K.R. (1981) Stereospecificity of narcotic- and phencyclidine-like behavioral properties of some 6,7-benzomorphans in the rhesus monkey. Pharmacologist 23:207.

Stephens, K.R. Preference reversal: effects of ratio and reinforcement parameters. Doctoral Dissertation, Western Michigan University, 1980. Dissertation Abstracts International, 1980. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms.

Stephens, K.R. & van Haaren, F.P. The origins and development of state notation and SKED. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 1977, 9, 72-74.

Stephens, K.R. & Barmeier, A.A. SKED systems: papertape, Tennecomp, and OS/8. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 1976, 8, 76-79.

Snapper, A.G., Stephens, K.R., Cobez, R.I., & van Haaren, F.P. The SKED Software System. Manual 2: OS/8 and Time Share SKED. Kalamazoo, MI: SKED Users Group, 1976.

Snapper, A.G., Stephens, K.R., & Lee, D.M. The SKED System. Manual 1: Papertape Version. Kalamazoo, MI: SKED Users Group, 1974.


About Me

I live in Boulder, Colorado with my wife Susan.

Last modified: 05/19/2007