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Current Seminar Speaker

photo of speaker Jason Matheny, Ph.D.,, Founding Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University

Jason Matheny is the founding director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Previously he was Assistant Director of National Intelligence, and Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University, and was the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. He is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Academies’ Intelligence Community Studies Board; is a recipient of the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; and was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” He has served on various White House committees related to artificial intelligence, biosecurity, high-performance computing, and quantum information science. He co-led the National AI R&D Strategic Plan released by the White House in 2016 and was a member of the White House Select Committee on AI, created in 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Duke University, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Current Seminar Panel

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John Beieler, Ph.D., Director, Science & Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Dr. John Beieler is the Director, Science and Technology within ODNI, a role he was selected for in June 2019. In this position, Dr. Beieler leads community efforts in science and technology as well as identifying opportunities for future activities to provide and maintain intelligence strategic advantage. Prior to this assignment, John was a program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) focusing on human language technology, machine/deep learning, and forecasting. Before joining the government, John was a research scientist in academia and a data scientist in industry. John received his doctorate and master’s in political science from Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s in political science from Louisiana State University.

photo of speaker Laura Freeman, Ph.D., Director, Intelligent Systems Lab, Hume Center at Virginia Tech, Associate Professor of Research, Department of Statistics, and Assistant Dean for Research, College of Science

Dr. Laura Freeman is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the Virginia Tech Hume Center. Her research leverages experimental methods for conducting research that brings together cyber-physical systems, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to address critical challenges in national security. She develops new methods for test and evaluation focusing on emerging system technology. She is also the Assistant Dean for Research in the National Capital Region; in that capacity she works to shape research directions and collaborations in and across the College of Science in the National Capital Region.

Previously, Dr. Freeman was the Assistant Director of the Operational Evaluation Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that position, she established and developed an interdisciplinary analytical team of statisticians, psychologists, and engineers to advance scientific approaches to DoD test and evaluation. During 2018, Dr. Freeman served as the acting Senior Technical Advisor for Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). As the Senior Technical Advisor, Dr. Freeman provided leadership, advice, and counsel to all personnel on technical aspects of testing military systems. She reviewed test strategies, plans, and reports from all systems on DOT&E oversight.

Dr. Freeman has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, an M.S. in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Statistics, all from Virginia Tech. Her doctoral research was on design and analysis of experiments for reliability data.

photo of speaker Tom Kramer, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist, Defense, Security & Justice, Deloitte Consulting

Tom is the Chief Data Scientist for the Defense, Security, and Justice sector in Deloitte's Government and Public Services practice, and a fellow in Deloitte’s Institute for Government AI. Prior to Deloitte, Tom served in the DoD's Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), where he held several positions including founding and directing CAPE's Analytic Innovation Lab. Tom received his Ph.D. in physics, where his research focused on the theoretical mechanisms and observable implications of extra space-time dimensions, supersymmetry, and strongly coupled dynamics.

photo of speaker Cara LaPointe, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Institute for Assured Autonomy, Johns Hopkins University

A futurist who focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, ethics, and leadership, Cara LaPointe is the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy which works to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives.

During more than two decades in the United States Navy, Dr. LaPointe held numerous roles in areas including autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design, naval force architecture, and unmanned vehicle technology integration. At the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), she conducted research in underwater robotics, developing sensor fusion algorithms for deep-ocean autonomous underwater vehicle navigation.

Dr. LaPointe was previously a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation where she created the “Blockchain Ethical Design Framework” as a tool to drive social impact and ethics into blockchain technology. Dr. LaPointe has served as an advisor to numerous global emerging technology initiatives including at the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Dr. LaPointe is a patented engineer, a White House Fellow, and a French American Foundation Young Leader. She served for two Presidents as the Interim Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Cara holds a Doctor of Philosophy awarded jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, a Master of Science and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.

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