Bio for Dr Riecken follows. He should be listed as "Director of Academic Engagement" and be listed under Dr Mendenhall, CTO.
Dr. Doug Riecken is a trained concert pianist with a B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music and studies at the Julliard School of Music. He spent many years performing classical, jazz, and rock styles on international concert tours with world-renowned artists before he switched to a career in cognitive and computing science. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University under thesis advisor Dr. Marvin Minsky from MIT; a founding father of artificial intelligence. Riecken and Minsky have spent 30+ years in friendship researching learning and the mind. Dr. Riecken’s career is grounded from 15+ years of research at ATT Bell Laboratories Research (during the classic days in AREA 11 Research) and later 11 years at IBM Watson Research During that time his focus was in multimedia systems, intelligent multi-agent systems, and computational commonsense reasoning and learning. In 2011 he combined his passion for teaching and conducting research at Columbia University and later went on to conduct research as a principal knowledge architect at both Dow Jones and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dr. Riecken is a thought leader in the areas of big data analytics and machine learning, human-computer interaction and design, knowledge discovery and data mining, global cloud enterprise architectures, and privacy management. He joined the Air Force Office of Scientific
Research as a program officer in 2014 and is a senior member of the AFRL ACT3 team.
In his role as the program officer for the Science of Information, Computation, Learning, and Fusion program, Dr. Riecken seeks research related to advancing the science of machine intelligence and learning (biological and “silicon in many forms”) along with human/machine learning. He encourages partnerships and collaborations through efforts with many of the world’s preeminent scientists in diverse areas of learning/analytics/reasoning.