Bio Follows for Mendenhall:
Dr. Michael J. Mendenhall is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Chief Technology Officer of Air Force Research Laboratory Autonomy Capability Team 3 (ACT3). He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX in 2006. He has authored over forty publications, co-authored the Air Force’s strategy for use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Autonomous Systems, and the editor of one book. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Dr. Mendenhall received the student selected Dr. Leslie M. Norton Teaching Award and was a runner up for the Air Force John L. McLucas basic research award for research novelty and excellence, both in 2010. He has received best technical presentation and innovation awards during his time with the 711 Human Performance Wing in 2016 and 2018, respectively. His interests include the delivery of AI at scale to support a diverse set of problem domains and research in conversational AI system.