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Dr. Albert Benveniste
Directeur de Recherche

Albert Benveniste was born in 1949. He graduated in 1971 from Ecole des Mines de Paris. He performed his These d'Etat in Mathematics, probability theory, in 1975, under the supervision of Paul-André Meyer. From 1976 to 1979 he was associate professor in mathematics at Universite de Rennes I. From 1979 to 2014 he has been Directeur de Recherche at INRIA, where he is now an emeritus.

    In 1980 Albert Benveniste was co-winner of the IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control Best Transaction Paper Award for his paper on blind deconvolution in data communications. In 1990 he received the CNRS silver medal, in 1991 he has been elected IEEE fellow, and in 2013 he has been elected IFAC Fellow. In 2008 he was winner of the Grand Prix France Telecom of the french Academy of Sciences. From 1986 to 1990 he was vice-chairman of the IFAC committee on Theory and was chairman of this committee for 1991-1993. He has been or is Associate Editor (at Large) for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Associate Editor for Int. J. of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, and Int. J. of Discrete Event Dynamical Systems. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. From 1994 to 1996 he has been Directeur Scientifique (Senior Chief Scientist) at Inria. From 1997 to 2001, he has been chairman of the "software chapter" of the RNRT funding programme of the french ministeries for research and telecommunications, for telecommunications (Reseau National de la Recherche en Telecommunications). Since 1997, he has been responsible for INRIA of the joint Alcatel-INRIA research programme and is now chief scientist of the joint Bell Labs-INRIA research lab. He is member of the scientific board of INRIA, in charge of embedded systems area. He has been member of the advisory board of T-Source, a venture capitalist specialist in seed capital for the telecommunications sector. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of Safran Group and Orange. From June 2011 to March 2014, he was co-heading the Center of Excellence (Labex) CominLabs in the area of telecommunications and Information systems. He has been elected to the Académie des Technologies in december 2011.

Dr. Andrzej Banaszuk
Senior Director, Systems
United Technologies Research Center

Andrzej Banaszuk, Ph.D., is Senior Director, Systems at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). In this role, he provides direct and matrix leadership to the technology activities across UTRC and with the Program Offices representing each UTC business unit. This includes directing technical staff, laboratories and partnerships for research in Controls, Embedded Systems, Decision Support & Machine Intelligence, Power Electronics, Systems Engineering, Modeling of System Dynamics and Optimization and Cyber-Physical Systems. Banaszuk is also charged with ensuring the health of the organization for all technology and engineering needs across UTRC, to include availability, quality and capability of personnel and processes for technology development, product innovation, project management and project engineering staff across all organizations as well as directing UTRC’s Advanced Laboratory on Embedded Systems (ALES) offices in Italy. Since joining UTRC in 1997, Banaszuk has conducted research in analysis, design and control of dynamical systems applied to jet engines, rotorcraft, unmanned systems, electric power networks, and buildings. Since 2000, he has led collaborative research teams in the areas of flow control, control of combustion instabilities, robust design of large uncertain dynamic networks, and autonomy. Banaszuk is a Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the 2007 IEEE Controls Systems Technology Award for achievements in active and passive control of flow instabilities in jet engines, and was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2004. From 1999 to 2002, he was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Controls Systems Technology. He was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2015. Banaszuk holds 9 patents and has authored 44 journal papers and 71 conference papers. He is a member of IEEE’s Controls and Robotics Societies; Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ (SIAM) Controls and Dynamical Systems Societies; the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); and the American Helicopter Society (AHS). Prior to his tenure at UTRC, he performed academic research in linear and nonlinear control theory, holding various research and teaching positions at the University of California at Davis, University of Colorado at Boulder, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Warsaw University of Technology. Banaszuk earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Marco De Fazio
Advanced Research Manager
Advanced Systems Technologies
ST Microelectronics

Advanced research manager, visiting scientist @ MIT at STMicroelectronics. Computer communications (networks), Computer graphics, Data mining; Graphene technology for sensors, GaN and MEMS. Master in nuclear engineering - Politecnico of Milan 1995 – 2001. STMicroelectronics is a world leader in providing the semiconductor solutions that make a positive contribution to people’s lives, today and into the future.

Dr. Evgeni Gousev
Senior Director

Evgeni Gousev received the M.S. degree in applied physics/molecular physics and the Ph.D. degree in solid-state physics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute-Technical University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. In 1993, he joined the Laboratory for Surface Modifications,Rutgers University, NJ, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Assistant Professor, where he performed research on fundamental aspects of gate dielectrics. In 1997,he was a Visiting Professor with the Center for Nanodevices and Systems, Hiroshima University, Japan. Shortly after that, he joined IBM, where he was responsible for several projects in the field of advanced silicon technologies at both Semiconductor Research and Development Center in East Fishkill, NY, and T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Since July 2005, he has been with the MEMS Research and Innovation Center, Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, San Jose, CA, where he is currently a Senior Director in charge of Technology R&D. He has co-edited 17 books and published more than 150 papers. He is a holder of more than 40 issued and filed patents. Dr. Gousev is a member of several professional committees, panels, and societies.

Dr. Robert Mandelbaum
Director, Advanced Technology Laboratories
Lockheed Martin

Robert Mandelbaum is director of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), where he leads a group of applied research labs that help the Corporation maintain technology dominance. ATL’s current research portfolio focuses on generation-after-next technologies in the areas of robotics, spectrum systems, informatics and applied sciences.

Previously, Mandelbaum served as ATL’s Chief Technology Officer, where he led ATL’s technical direction and managed its independent research funds. In that role, he served as a technical liaison to customers such as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), leveraging relationships to shape, win, and maintain programs across diverse areas. He also served as a key interface with Lockheed Martin’s business areas and managed relationships with leaders across industry and academia.

Before joining ATL in September 2010, Mandelbaum served as a program manager at DARPA. There, he managed programs in the Information Processing Techniques, Tactical Technologies, and Transformational Convergence Technology offices. He initiated new programs such as Legged Squad Support System (LS3), and Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM). He also managed a wide variety of other DARPA programs, including BigDog, LANdroids, and Learning Locomotion.

Before joining DARPA, Mandelbaum was the director of the Commercial Vision business unit at Sarnoff Corporation (formerly RCA), which focused on applications of real-time computer vision such as automotive safety, robotic autonomy, and ISR.

Mandelbaum holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vikram Manikonda, Chair
President & CEO
Intelligent Automation, Inc.

As IAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Vikram is responsible for IAI’s day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s research and product development strategy. Since joining IAI in 1999, he has played an instrumental role in leading and growing IAI’s research and product portfolio, and business in the areas of robotics and control, motion description languages, multi-agent systems, modeling and simulation, and air traffic management. He was IAI’s president from 2008 – 2014, and prior to that held the positions of Vice President and Director of IAI’s Distributed Intelligent Systems Division.

Vikram received his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, in 1992, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Maryland at College Park, in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He is author of over 40 publications in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings in the area of robotics, multi-agent systems, and nonlinear and intelligent control. He is also currently serves as the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Council, for Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.

Dr. R. Eric Reinke
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Mr. R. Eric Reinke, III has been Chief Technology Officer of Electronic Systems Sector and Vice President of Electronic Systems Sector at Northrop Grumman Corporation since April 2015. Mr. Reinke is responsible for the development of next-generation products and technologies that define the sector's future competitive discriminators. In this position, he interface with technology leaders in the customer community, with industry partners and with university research partners He joined the Northrop Grumman in 2004 and served as chief scientist for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies organization. His previous leadership positions have included being the lead system architect on several developmental efforts and the enterprise technical executive for systems of systems solutions. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he served as Technical Director of the Navy's Low-Observable and Counter-Low-Observable Technology Office as an active-duty naval officer. Mr. Reinke earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Vijay Srinivasan
Chief, Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology

Dr. Vijay Srinivasan is the Division Chief of the Systems Integration Division (SID) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Srinivasan came to NIST from IBM, where he was most recently the Chief Standards and Solutions Officer for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM); and Program Manager for PLM Research, Standards, and Academic Programs at IBM.  In this capacity, he set the IBM standards vision and strategy for PLM work and was responsible for implementing these standards in IBM's PLM products through nearly 50 IBM staff members worldwide.

Dr. Srinivasan has been a vocal and constant voice for the use of open standards in IBM PLM products – a business line at IBM with over 1 billion dollars of annual revenue. Before that, he was a line manager in IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center leading research in the areas of geometric modeling, CAD/CAM, robotics, standards for geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and data exchange.

Dr. Srinivasan also served as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University, where he has taught geometric modeling & computations and integrated product development. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the standards consortium PDES Inc., and industrial advisor to ProSTEP iViP consortium. He is the Vice-Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 213. Dr. Srinivasan is a founding member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5.1 committee on mathematical definitions of GD&T, and is an ASME Fellow. He has published widely, and his book, "Theory of Dimensioning: An introduction to parameterizing geometric models" was published by Marcel-Dekker in 2004. He recently co-authored a book on "SOA Approach to Enterprise Integration for Product Lifecycle Management."


Dr. Kuansan Wang
Director, Internet Services Research Center
Microsoft Research

I came to Microsoft Research in March 1998, first as a Researcher in the speech technology group working on the areas of spoken language understanding and dialog modeling. I contributed to the project MiPad and created the Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) that is now part of the international standards ISO/IEC 18051/ECMA-269/ETSI TS 102 173, ISO/IEC 18056/ECMA-323/ETSI TS 101 990, and ECMA-348/ISO IEC 18450. An object model version, described in this TR I wrote, has entered its final phase of being standardized. I also contributed to the world wide web consortium (W3C) Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS), W3C Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), and various other publications from W3C Multimodal Interaction Working Group. Many of my research papers can still be found at the speech group’s publication list and video demo area.

In January 2004, I moved to the speech product group and became a software architect. There I helped create and ship the product Microsoft Speech Server, which is still powering the corporate call center for Microsoft. If you calling into Microsoft’s main number, you will be greeted by my automated operator, MS Connect. In this capacity, I also managed the revision of the speech system used in the Microsoft Voice Command, an add-on to Windows Mobile smart phone that allows users to operate their smart phones with voice in an eyes-busy, hands-busy environment. Many of the technologies are still in use in Cortana, a virtual personal assistant from Microsoft.

I was a founding member of an incubation group inside Microsoft that shipped Microsoft Response Point, a speech-enabled small business phone system that uses voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies. Because the incubation group was structured to run like a start-up inside Microsoft, I had the opportunity to be the acting development manager and later the testing manager to build the engineering team from ground up. In addition to the speech capabilities, I was also responsible for ensuring the product is easy to setup and easy to use, including the invention of the magic “Response Point button” that earns Microsoft revenue on every phone sold without even having Microsoft software on it! I am especially glad that these and other innovations of the product have received awards and customer feedback.

Since September 2007, I have been back in Microsoft Research (MSR), joining the newly founded Internet Service Research Center with a mission to revolutionize online services and make Web more intelligent. I have been teaching the machine to read the massive web contents to extract the knowledge, to understand users’ interests and anticipate their needs, and to serve and alert the web knowledge to users in a helpful way, including engaging in a natural conversation or multimodal dialog. The first application, on changing the way web search works in Bing, was first announced at MSR Faculty Summit in July 2010. It is exhilarating to see that, since that public disclosure, major web search companies, such as Google (in 2012) and Baidu (in 2014), have also introduced similar services into their products. To ensure the research community can verify, replicate and advance our results, components and data sets underlying my research work have been made available through Microsoft Cognitive Services, ranging from the web scale Markov N-gram to Knowledge Exploration Service. In March 2016, I have taken on an additional role as a Managing Director of MSR Outreach, an organization with the mission to serve the research community. In addition to applying the intelligent technologies to make Bing and Cortana smarter in gathering and serving academic knowledge, we are also starting an experimental website, (powered by Academic API), and mobile apps dedicated to exploring new service scenarios for active researchers like myself. Please use the feedback mechanism to let us know what you think!

Before joining Microsoft, I worked at Bell Labs from 1994 to 1996, and the NYNEX (now part of Verizon) Science and Technology Center. I received my M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Maryland in 1989 and 1994, and my B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Donald York
Technical Fellow, Senior Systems Eng.
TASC, An Engility Company

Dr. York is a Technical Fellow at TASC Inc.  He has 38 years of professional experience in the areas of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining TASC, Dr. York was engaged in the development, engineering and deployment of leading edge technologies and systems at AT&T Bell Laboratories and the Westinghouse Research and Development Center.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Systems Engineering Professional and holds a PhD in Information Technology Systems Engineering. 

Dr. York has made contributions in the field of Systems Engineering in education, the profession, and his community.  In addition to teaching, mentoring and implementing Systems Engineering at TASC, Dr. York has taught Systems Engineering at the University graduate level.  He has been an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for over 20 years and is Past President of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE where he was selected as Systems Engineer of the Year in 2010.  Dr. York has published and presented numerous papers and articles and is regularly involved with middle and high school STEM activities.