Erik P. Blasch is a program officer with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. His focus areas are in multi-domain (space, air, ground) data fusion, target tracking, pattern recognition, and robotics. He has authored 750+ scientific papers, 22 patents, 30 tutorials, and 5 books. His recognitions include the Military Sensing Society Mignogna Leadership in Data Fusion Award, IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society Mimno Best Magazine Paper Award, and IEEE Russ Bioengineering Award. He was also a founding member of the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF). His previous appointments include adjunct associate professor at Wright State University, exchange scientist at Defense Research and Development Canada, and officer in the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Blasch is an associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Frederica Darema: retired as Senior Executive Service (SES) member and Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, in Arlington, Virginia, where she led the entire basic research investment for the AF and served as Research Director in the Air Force’s Chief Data Office, and as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary the Air Force Office for Science, Technology and Engineering. Prior career history includes: research staff positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Schlumberger-Doll; and management and executive-level positions at: the T.J.Watson IBM Research Center and the IBM Corporate Strategy Group; the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Director of the AFOSR Directorate for Information, Math, and Life Sciences. Dr. Darema, PhD in Nuclear Physics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), among other professional recognitions. She pioneered the DDDAS paradigm and since 2000 has organized and led research initiatives, programs, workshops, conferences, and other forums, to foster and promote DDDAS-based science and technology advances.
Dr. Ravela, Ph.D. 2002, directs the Earth Signals and Systems Group (ESSG) in the Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His primary interests are in statistical pattern recognition, stochastic nonlinear systems, and computational intelligence with application to earth, planets, climate, and life. Dr. Ravela has pioneered dynamic data driven observing systems for wildlife and fluids, the latter with application from the laboratory to localized atmospheric phenomena. He has advanced several DDDAS topics with new methods for application to coherent fluid dynamical regimes. Dr. Ravela proposed and co-organized the Dynamic Data Driven Environmental Systems Science Conference (DyDESS 2014, Cambridge), and then co-organized the first, second, and third general DDDAS conferences (2016 Hartford, 2017 Cambridge, 2020 MIT/Online). Dr. Ravela also teaches Machine Learning with System Dynamics and Optimization, which introduces the informative approach, a key DDDAS concept, to design Learning and Hybrid Stochastic Systems and solve inverse problems and inference.
Alex J. Aved is a senior researcher with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, NY, USA. His research interests include multimedia databases, stream processing (via CPU, GPU, or coprocessor), and dynamically executing models with feedback loops incorporating measurement and error data to improve the accuracy of the model. He has published over 50 papers and given numerous invited lectures. Previously he was a programmer at the University of Central Florida and database administrator and programmer at Anderson University.