Dr. Moshe Kam
MOSHE KAM is professor and dean of the Newark College of Engineerinng at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the former Robert Quinn Professor and department head of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel University. He is also a former president and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and past member of the boards of directors of the accreditation agency ABET, Inc., and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). Dr. Kam’s research interests include detection and estimation; data, decision, and sensor fusion; robotics and navigation; and engineering education. He has published extensively in these areas. Dr. Kam received a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University and an M.S. and PH.D. from Drexel University.
Dr. William S. Marras - (Chair) - (Chair)
WILLIAM S. MARRAS (NAE) is the Honda Chair Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State University, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine, and Neurosurgery. Dr. Marras is also executive director and scientific director of the Spine Research Institute and the executive director of the Institute for Ergonomics. His research is centered on understanding the role of biomechanics in spine disorder causation and its role in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of spine disorders. His research includes epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanics studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies. His findings have been published in over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and have been cited over 15,000 times. He also has written numerous books and book chapters including his most recent book entitled The Working Back: A Systems View. He holds Fellow status in six professional societies including the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been widely recognized for his contributions through numerous national and international awards including two Volvo Awards for Low Back Pain Research. Professor Marras has been active in the National Research Council (NRC) having served on over a dozen boards and committees and has served as Chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration for multiple terms. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Human Factors and is currently Deputy Editor of Spine and is the immediate past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Marras recorded a TEDx talk entitled “Back Pain and your Brain” and was recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He received a B.S. in engineering from Wright State University, an M.S.in industrial engineering from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. in bioengineering and ergonomics from Wayne State University, and a D.Sc. Honoris Causa from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Herbert H. Bell
HERBERT H. BELL retired as the Technical Advisor and Principal Research Psychologist for the Warfighter Readiness Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory in 2013. He is a research psychologist with over 40 years of experience in human factors, simulation, training, and research methodology. His responsibilities included coordinating basic, exploratory, and advanced development research programs to address a wide variety of Air Force training needs. The goal of those programs was to establish the scientific and technical foundation for development of personalized, continuous training and performance aiding for individuals and teams throughout their Air Force careers. Dr. Bell was one of the leaders in the development of technologies and training methods for Distributed Mission Training/Distributed Mission Operations. He has worked on a variety of military, commercial,and academic programs involving system design, simulation, and training. In addition, he has helped coordinate a number of research activities within the Air Force, Department of Defense, and NATO. Dr.Bell is a member of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, IEEE, and the Psychonomics Society. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1974.
Dr. John Chae
JOHN CHAE (NAM) is the medical director of the Neuromusculoskeletal Service Line at the MetroHealth System; and professor and chair of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on the use of electrical stimulation (ES) for improving arm and leg function for stroke patients. He is developing ES methods to promote changes in the brain in order to facilitate the recovery of arm and leg movement. ES may also be used to contract paralyzed muscles as a neuroprosthesis and allow stroke patients to use their limbs to participate in daily activities. Dr. Chae is investigating the use of ES mediated muscle contractions for the treatment of post-stroke shoulder pain and other musculoskeletal pain in non-stroke patients. He has a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University (1984), an M.E. in biomedical engineering from Dartmouth College (1989), and an M.D. in medicine from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (1990).
Dr. Jeanne F. Duffy
JEANNE F. DUFFY is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Duffy is also the Director of the Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders Program within the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and is Director of the Partners HealthCare Chronobiology Core. She is a clinical researcher who has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of sleep and chronobiology, and her research interests include basic and applied aspects of circadian physiology in humans, how the circadian timing system impacts sleep and subsequent waking performance, and factors contributing to individual differences in circadian rhythmicity, sleep timing, sleep duration, and response to sleep loss. She joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 2000, and is a preceptor for the institutional Training Program “Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology”; is a faculty member for the Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry program in the Division on Aging; serves as a laboratory host for several outreach programs sponsored by Harvard Medical School; and directs a program that trains undergraduates in clinical research techniques. Dr. Duffy is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and funding agencies within the U.S. and abroad, serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sleep, Journal of Biological Rhythms, and Sleep Medicine Research, and is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Sleep Research Society. Dr. Duffy received an M.B.A. from the Simmons School of Management and a Ph.D. in biology (physiology and neurobiology) from Northeastern University.
Dr. Robert E. Kass
ROBERT E. KASS is the Maurice Falk Professor of Statistics and Computational Neuroscience at the Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kass has been on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon since 1981; he joined the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC, run jointly by CMU and the University of Pittsburgh) in 1997, and the Machine Learning Department (in the School of Computer Science) in 2007. He served as department head of Statistics from 1995 to 2004 and was appointed Interim co-director of the CNBC (CMU-side director) in 2015. His early work formed the basis for his book Geometrical Foundations of Asymptotic Inference, co-authored with Paul Vos. His subsequent research has been in Bayesian inference and, beginning in 2000, in the application of statistics to neuroscience. Dr. Kass is known not only for his methodological contributions, but also for several major review articles, including one with Adrian Raftery on Bayes factors (Journal of American Statistical Association, 1995) one with Larry Wasserman on prior distributions (Journal of American Statistical Association, 1996), and a pair with Emery Brown on statistics in neuroscience (Nature Neuroscience, 2004, also with Partha Mitra; Journal of Neurophysiology, 2005, also with Valerie Ventura). His book Analysis of Neural Data, with Emery Brown and Uri Eden, was published in 2014. Dr. Kass has served as chair of the Section for Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association, chair of the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, founding editor-in-chief of the journal Bayesian Analysis, and executive editor (editor-in-chief) of the international review journal Statistical Science. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Kass received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago in 1980.
Dr. Margaret L. Loper
MARGARET L. LOPER is the chief scientist for the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She is currently involved in projects related to trust in machine to machine systems in the Internet of Things, and uncertainty quantification in modeling and simulation. Her research contributions are in the areas of temporal synchronization, simulation testing, and simulation communication protocols. She is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM, and member of the Society for Modeling and Simulation. She is a founding member of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) and received service awards for her work with the distributed interactive simulation (DIS) and high level architecture (HLA) standards and the DIS/SISO transition. She teaches the core modeling and simulation (M&S) course for Georgia Tech’s professional masters in applied systems engineering degree program, as well as three M&S professional education courses. She recently edited a book on modeling and simulation in the systems engineering lifecycle. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2002), a M.S. in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Dr. William W. Lytton
SUNY Downstate Medical School
WILLIAM W. LYTTON is professor of physiology and pharmacology, neurology, biomedical engineering at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He uses computational neuroscience to try to forge links between disparate findings from normal and abnormal brain function. His primary research areas are modeling electrophysiological processes pertinent to epilepsy and modeling abstract neural networks to understand recovery from stroke and the basis of cognitive processes. His research efforts have been directed towards development and application of new conceptual and technical tools of computational neuroscience. Development projects have primarily been aimed at integrating the computer-science-derived top-down techniques of artificial neural networks with neuroscience-derived bottom-up techniques. Application projects have been largely aimed at the problems of understanding neurological disease, particularly epilepsy and stroke. He served on the program committee for the Computation and Neural Systems Meeting and as a reviewer for various scientific journals and funding agencies. Dr. Lytton graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983.
Dr. George R. Mangun
GEORGE R. MANGUN is distinguished professor of psychology and neurology at the University of California, Davis. He was the founding director of the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis, and served as dean of social sciences in the College of Letters and Science from 2008-2015, and chair of psychology from 2016-2017. He leads the Laboratory for the Neural Mechanisms of Attention, and serves as Director of the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. His research investigates the cognitive neuroscience of attention. Evolution has crafted powerful brain mechanisms that aid in ones survival in a complex and often dangerous world. The information obtained from these combined behavioral, neuropsychological and neurophysiological studies is yielding new insights into the computational and functional neuroanatomical structure of human cognition, and is vital to addressing the deficits in attention and awareness that accompany neurological and psychiatric disease. Dr. Mangun consults on numerous university, U.S. government, and international scientific panels and advisory boards, including for the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Finland. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, the treasurer of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. His celebrated coauthored textbook, Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (W.W. Norton, 2013) is now in its fourth edition -- it has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese. Among other honors, in 2007 he was elected a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2010 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Mangun received the Ph.D. in neurosciences in 1987 from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Katherine L. Morse
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
KATHERINE L. MORSE is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she researches technologies for improving distributed simulation. She was previously a Technical Fellow and Assistant Vice President of Technology at SAIC. She received her B.S. in mathematics (1982), B.A. in Russian (1983), M.S. in computer science (1986) from the University of Arizona, and M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in information & computer science from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Morse has worked in the computer industry for over 30 years, more than 15 of them contributing to open international standards. She has performed research and development in the fields of modeling and simulation, narrative engagement, systems and software engineering, computer security, online instruction, voice recognition, and compilers. Dr. Morse has made significant contributions to nearly a dozen international standards, including leading the development of the Federation Engineering Agreements Template (FEAT) standard. She has served in multiple leadership positions in the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). Her Ph.D. dissertation is on dynamic multicast grouping for data distribution management, a field in which she is widely recognized as a foremost expert. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dobro Slovo, ACM, and a senior member of IEEE. Dr. Morse was the 2007 winner of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award.
Dr. Shirikanth Narayanan
University of Southern California
SHRIKANTH S. NARAYANAN is the Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). His research interests are in human-centered sensing, computing and information processing. He is also a professor at the Signal and Image Processing Institute of USC's Electrical Engineering department and holds joint appointments as professor in computer science, linguistics and psychology. He is also the inaugural director of the Ming Hsieh Institute at USC, and directs the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL). Prior to USC he was with AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Research from 1995-2000. Dr. Narayanan is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received a number of research and education honors including Best Transactions Paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2005 and 2009, appointment as its Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011, and a 2015 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Engineers’ Council. He has published over 650 papers and has been granted sixteen U.S. patents.
Dr. Susan E. Skochelak
SUSAN E. SKOCHELAK (NAM) is a group vice president of medical education at the American Medical Association and a professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her expertise is in incorporating new health system science content and technology into health care training. She works to transform medical education to align physician training with the current and future needs of our evolving health care system. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in developing training programs in community and public health, and in rural, urban, and global communities. She works with medical schools and health care systems to bring new content and experiences in real world settings to trainees, with focus on health system sciences: patient centered care, patient safety, quality improvement, clinical decision making, team and leadership skills, and health policy and health equity. She is exploring new ways education and training can bring value to the learning health care system. She has a M.D. in medical education from the University of Michigan (1981).
Dr. Stephan F. Taylor
STEPHAN F. TAYLOR is a professor of psychiatry and Associate Chair for Research and Research Regulatory Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry; and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. His areas of research include schizophrenia and early psychosis, early psychosis and early intervention, treatment resistant depression, euro modulation, functional neuroimaging, obsessive compulsive disorder, neurobiology of emotion, and deep brain stimulation. He uses brain mapping technologies (functional MRI, MRS, event related potentials) to understand and treat the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. In healthy individuals, he has sought to understand the functional anatomy of emotion, performance monitoring, and cognitive-emotional interactions. Areas of specific focus have included brain circuits involved in emotion and attention, and disorders of interest have included schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. This work has been carried out with tools provided by neuroimaging (PET and functional MRI) and event-related potentials (ERP). Clinically, he has extensive experience with the treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, directing the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP), designed to identify youth at risk of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and conduct research into the early stages of psychosis. He also directs the Psychiatric Neuromodulation Program, which provides clinical treatment with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and he conducts research using TMS and deep brain stimulation to translate the understanding of brain pathology gained through neuroimaging studies to develop and refine new treatments. These techniques can advance our understanding of normal and abnormal brain function, and they can 'modulate' neural function to treat symptoms of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. His other positions include associate chair, MSA Institutional Review Board, Medical School and Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Medical School, LSA Psychology, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the at the University of Michigan. He has a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.D. (1988) from the Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Douglas J. Weber
DOUGLAS J. WEBER is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering and holds secondary appointments in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a faculty member in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He also established and currently directs the Rehab Neural Engineering Lab. His current list of research interests includes bioengineering, neural coding, neuroprosthetics, functional electrical stimulation, and neuromuscular control and rehabilitation. He recently completed a 4-year term as a program manager in the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia, where he created and managed a portfolio of neurotechnology programs, including DARPA’s Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX), Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx), and Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) programs. Dr. Weber is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Dr. Weber completed his undergraduate studies as a presidential scholar at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning a B.S. in biomedical engineering. He continued his academics with a graduate academic scholarship at the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, finishing both his M.S. and Ph.D. (2001) in bioengineering. Dr. Weber received a post-doctoral fellowship in rehabilitation neuroscience from the University of Alberta Centre for Neuroscience, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Mary C. Whitton
MARY C. WHITTON is a research associate professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as a senior project manager at UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute. She co-leads the effective virtual environments research group that investigates what makes virtual reality experiences effective and uses knowledge of human perception to develop technologies and techniques that make virtual environments more effective for applications such as simulation, training, and rehabilitation. Before joining UNC in 1994, she was a founder of two companies (Ikonas—1978; Trancept Systems—1987) that produced high-end user-programmable hardware and software for graphics, imaging, and visualization. The companies’ products were widely adopted in research laboratories for applications including seismic exploration, 3D medical imaging, intelligence, computer animation, and scientific modeling and simulation. She has held leadership roles in ACM SIGGRAPH including serving as president 1993-1995. She is a member of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, and is a senior member of IEEE. She earned a B.A. from Duke University (1970), and an M.S. in guidance and personnel services (1974) and an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering (1984) from North Carolina State University.