Speakers' Bios

2015 CPS Community Forum Speakers' Biographies (in order of program)

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David Corman is a Program Director and leader of the Cyber Physical Systems program at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Corman has a broad range of research interests spanning many technologies fundamental to CPS application areas including transportation, energy, medical devices, and manufacturing. Dr. Corman has extensive industrial experience in the development, design, and manufacture of CPS systems. Dr. Corman received PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

Chris Greer is Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability. Dr. Greer previously served as Associate Director for Programs in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and Acting Senior Advisor for Cloud Computing. In these positions, he was responsible for strategic planning for information technology initiatives across ITL, including its data and cloud computing efforts. Prior to joining NIST, Chris served as Assistant Director for Information Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Cybersecurity Liaison to the National Security Staff. His responsibilities there included networking and information technology research and development, cybersecurity, and digital scientific data access. He has also served as Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. This program coordinates IT R&D investments across the Federal government, including the cyber-physical systems research portfolio. Prior to undertaking government service, Chris was a member of the tenured faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on gene expression.

Kate Keahey is a fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and works as a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory Computation Institute. She is the creator of Nimbus, an open source toolkit for turning a cluster into an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud, primarily targeted at making IaaS available to researchers and scientists. Her past positions included being a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Robert Ricci is a Research Assistant Professor in School of Computing at the University of Utah, and one of the directors of the Flux Research Group. He also teaches classes from time to time as an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College. He earned his PhD from the University of Utah in 2010, and an Honors BS in 2001.

Janos Sztipanovits is currently the E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University and he also holds the Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor title in 2012/2013. He is founding director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). His research areas are at the intersection of systems and computer science and engineering. His current research interest includes the foundation and applications of Model-Integrated Computing for the design of Cyber Physical Systems. His other research contributions include structurally adaptive systems, autonomous systems, design space exploration and systems-security co-design technology. He was founding chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Embedded Software (SIGBED). He served as program manager and acting deputy director of DARPA/ITO between 1999 and 2002 and he was member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board between 2006-2010. He is member of the Academic Executive Board of Cyber-Physical Systems Virtual Organization and he is member of the national steering group. Dr. Sztipanovits was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2000 and external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2010.

Chris vanBuskirk is a Senior Research Engineer and Project Manager at Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems for the past thirteen years, Chris' general professional interests lie in the practical application of novel, model-based formalisms and design methodologies to complex, real-world, human-in-the-loop, science/engineering activities. After completing an M.S. in Engineering at The University of Mississippi, Chris has pursued a career in R&D at organizations such as Cray Research Inc., UMiss Medical Center, The National Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins University. Currently, in addition to project management duties on the DARPA AVM Program's META Language and META Design Flow projects, Mr. VanBuskirk also serves as PI for the NSF's CPS Virtual Organization which actively supports the formation and development of distributed research communities required by the demanding challenges of the massively multi-disciplinary cyber-physical systems domain.