Biographies of keynote speakers, panelists and conference committee members

  Alberts, David S.  Dr.

Institute for Defense Analyses, USA

Session 5: Is our current approach to Command and Control fit for purpose?

Session 8: C2 Theory: Overview, Recent Developments, and Applications​ 

Dr. David S. Alberts is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).  He also serves as the President of the International Command and Control Institute, a nonprofit organization formed exclusively for scientific and educational purposes. With more than 30 years of experience, he has long been associated with the DoD CCRP serving since its inception as the Director, Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense / Networks and Information Integration (OASD/NII), previously the ASD(C3I).   Previously, he held the position of Director, Advanced Concepts, Technologies, and Information Strategies (ACTIS), Deputy Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and the executive agent for DoD's Command and Control Research Program. This included responsibility for the Center for Advanced Concepts and Technology (ACT) and the School of Information Warfare and Strategy (SIWS) at the National Defense University. His  publications include a number of books: The Agility Advantage: A Survival Guide for Complex Enterprises and Endeavors, Planning: Complex Endeavors, Understanding Command and Control, Power to the Edge, Information Age Transformation, Understanding Information Age Warfare, Network Centric Warfare, Unintended Consequences of Information Age Technologies, Command Arrangements for Peace Operations, and Defensive Information Warfare

Dr. Alberts' academic career includes serving as first Director of the Computer Science Program at NYU and he had held professional rank posts at NYU Graduate School of Business, CUNY, and as a Research Professor at George Mason University. He had chaired numerous international and national conferences and symposia and many publications, some of which were included in tutorials given by the IEEE and other professional societies. He served as an officer in a number of professional societies and actively contributed to AIAA, MORS, TIMS, AFCEA, and ORSA. At the local level, Dr. Alberts also served as Assistant to the Commissioner, NYPD. Dr. Alberts received a Doctorate in Operations Research and a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate work was at City College of New York where he received a BA in Statistics.

Alston, Anthony

QinetiQ, United Kingdom

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Anthony has worked for QinetiQ, and its predecessor organisations, since 1991, when he joined from a research post with NATO in The Hague. Anthony has over 30 years experience in the research, design, analysis and practice of command organisations and systems, including the introduction and use of innovative technologies, and the transformation of business processes.  Anthony has lead large digitization programmes for the UK MoD and has been a member of a number of NATO research panels.  As well as continuing to work in the military Command and Control domain, Anthony is lead consultant on QinetiQ’s Smart City initiative.

Allouche, Mohamad Dr.

DRDC, Canada

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Track Chair of Battlespace Understanding and Management

Mohamad Allouche received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des mines de St-Etienne, France, in 1998.  He spent two years at the Department of Geomatics, Laval University, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow.  Since 2000, he is a defence scientist at Defence R&D Canada. His research interests include multi-agent systems, distributed artificial intelligence and spatio-temporal reasoning to support distribution planning, monitoring and decision making.

Amison, Darrell  Brigadier 

Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, United Kingdom

Session 5: Is our current approach to Command and Control fit for purpose?

Brigadier Amison commissioned into the British Army in 1991.  He has operational experience in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and has commanded at all levels up to brigade level.  His most recent operational deployment was as Commander Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) in 2014 during which he oversaw the final phase of the UK’s redeployment from southern Afghanistan.  In 2015 he assumed his current appointment as Head Concepts in the UK’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre.  

Bélanger, Micheline

DRDC, Canada

2016 ICCRTS Program Chair

Micheline Bélanger is a defence scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).  She is currently the DRDC knowledge management lead and the co-chair of the NATO group on C2 Agility: Next Steps. Previously, she has been the lead of the TTCP C3I panel on Information Exploitation, C2 & Decision Support as well as the thrust leader of the Canadian Army S&T C2 program and the leader of a DRDC group on decision support for Command and Control. As a member of the Command, Control and Intelligence Section, she has investigating artificial intelligence, multicriteria analysis decision aid, as well as decision aid and planning approaches for command and control applications. Her contributions include expert systems for the prediction of adversary location, blackboards for the identification of tracks entering the Canadian Airspace (Air Force), multicriteria decision aid tools for the evaluation of courses of action as well as decision support tools for operational design. She holds a master's degree in computer science and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science. Her current interest focuses on explanation facilities and the automation of direct support to decision-makers in a command and control context.

Bowman, Elizabeth  Dr.

Army Research Laboratory, USA

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Track Chair, Sessions 6D, 11: Socio-technical Networks in Complex Connected Battlespace

Dr. Elizabeth Bowman is an Operations Research Analyst with the Army Research Laboratory, Computational Information Sciences Directorate. She has a PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore in Social Work and leads a research program addressing the human social cultural behavioral aspects of tactical information fusion.  Her applied research expertise includes Joint, Multinational, Interagency and Tactical decision making with networked C2 systems.  She has published extensively on the cognitive and social dimensions of networked operations and system of systems analysis.  She supports technology development efforts to develop innovative solutions to fundamental science challenges in entity and relationship extraction from text, the visualization of social-cultural attitudes and behaviors, and temporal sentiment analysis of text.  Her research is internationally recognized through her active research in NATO Research Technology Groups and TTCP Command, Control, Communications and Information Systems (C3I).  She leads national and international groups focused on extracting information from multiple sources to rapidly form knowledge of operational threats in unfamiliar environments. 

Briggs, Christopher 

 Capability Advisor, Land ISTAR – Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Chris began his career working on artillery systems before moving over to the soldier system domain, in that time he has worked on a range of research areas including soldier modernisation programmes, situational awareness, command and battlespace management. He has lead large, complex projects with significant trials and experimentation that have sought to improve the effectiveness of dismounted soldiers operating across a range of operating environments. More recently, he has broadened his area of focus to examine ISTAR for the Land Domain, including dismounted and mounted systems, ground based ISTAR, unmanned air systems and dedicated ISTAR assets. He is the UK’s technical lead for work examining the contested urban environment, examining candidate concepts and technologies that provide increase effectiveness for troops conducting urban warfighting.

Capewell, David Sir

KCB, OBE, Dstl, United Kingdom 

Session 3: 21st Century Missions and their Challenges

Session 5: Is our current approach to Command and Control fit for purpose?

Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell served 37 years in the UK military and has commanded at every level on operations. His last job was as the Commander of Joint Operations responsible for the conduct of UK Global Operations during a period of unprecedented volatility. He was the Hudson Fellow at the University of Oxford in the Changing Character of Warfare Programme in 2015, is a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI and Senior Visiting Fellow at Dstl.

Castella, Paul

Head of Delegation, ICRC United Kingdom and Ireland

Session 4: The Complex Enterprise – Inter-agency Collaboration

Paul Castella is head of mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross in London. He oversees the ICRC's relationship with the UK government on humanitarian policy, on the law of armed conflict and support for humanitarian activity worldwide. His team fosters support and understanding for the ICRC's work within civil society, media, academia and parliament.

From 2011 to 2013, Paul was head of the ICRC delegation in Pakistan, handling dialogue with the government over humanitarian operations in a region where the ICRC has been active for many decades. Previously, he led ICRC operations in Sri Lanka during the closing phase of hostilities between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.

His other assignments across a two decade career with the ICRC include stints in Libya, Jordan, Georgia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia Federation, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

Chan, Kevin Dr.

United States Army Research Laboratory, USA

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Kevin Chan is research scientist with the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (Adelphi, MD). His research interests are in network science and dynamic distributed computing, with past work in dynamic networks, trust and distributed decision making and quality of information. He has been a member of several NATO panels, where his involvement in SAS-085 and SAS-104 have C2 Agility from a multi-genre network perspective. He has been an active researcher in ARL’s collaborative programs, the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance and Network and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance. Prior to ARL, he received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and MSECE from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA. He also received a BS in ECE/EPP from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).

Dodd, Lorraine

Cranfield University, Defence Academy of UK, United Kingdom

Track Chair, Session 6A, 15B, 16B: C2 Concepts, Theory, Policy and Approaches

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Session 14: Symposium Highlights and Way Forward

 Lorraine is a highly respected international contributor to military C2 and HQ studies; in particular, advising on ways and means of organising for C2 resilience and agility in complex and uncertain environments. She has collaborated on US/UK C2 study programmes for the past twenty years. She has studied all aspects of C2 decision-making, Information and Intelligence systems applied to Command Assessments and has been technically responsible for UK Operational Analysis into C2 concept design for UK Forces and NATO future HQ/C2 concepts. Lorraine supervises post-graduate Defence students majoring on WITIA and C2; also on MSc courses covering Defence Management and Cyber security. Lorraine has been a member of: NATO SAS050 C2 Concepts, SAS065 NEC C2 Maturity, SAS085 C2 Agility and SAS104; also Defence Science Advisory Committee member for Advanced Command Environments.

Gerz, Michael 

Fraunhofer Research Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics – FKIE, Germany

Session 13: Military Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomy, and Things to Come

Michael Gerz studied computer science with focus on computational linguistics at the University of Koblenz, Germany. In 2003, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen. His thesis dealt with automatic test generation based on formal specifications. In 2004, Michael Gerz joined the Department for Information Technology for Command and Control (ITF) at the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics – FKIE. He is head of a research group, called “Interoperability & Testing”. The group is engaged in the specification of military standards for multinational information exchange on higher echelons as well as for sensor/effector integration in land vehicles. The work on interoperability solutions is complemented by testing and evaluating distributed systems. For many years, Michael Gerz has been the chair of the working party in the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP) that develops and refines the “MIP Information Model” (MIM).

 Haines, John FBCS, CITP

Dstl, United Kingdom

Track Chair: Session 15C, 16C: Interoperability/Integration and Security 

John graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne with a B. Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with an interest in high power and high voltage systems) in 1990. John joined the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) following a summer placement designing the cache architecture for a secure microprocessor. During his time at RSRE and successor organizations he provided scientific and advice to MOD on aspects of Information Assurance, with a focus on secure networking and emerging Internet based technologies.

After a period of undertaking IT security health checks for MOD and wider Government, John moved to the Acoustic data Analysis Centre (ADAC) in 1998 as Information Manager, later becoming responsible for the day to day running of the high performance computing system, gaining Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a number of Oracle database qualifications and an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway in the process. During this period he also became a team leader.

In 2006, John joined the Information Management Department in Dstl to lead the Information Assurance team.

John is currently the National Lead for Information Assurance and Cyber Defence in The Technical Cooperation Programme (TTCP), and provides SME advice covering aspects of cryptographic technologies and standards. As a Principal Scientist and a fellow of the BCS, John provides support and advice to elicit requirements and facilitate exploitation of science and technology research for Information Systems and Services within MOD.

Hale, Richard A.
Department of Defense, USA

Session 7: Cybersecurity and the Complex, Connected Battlefield

Richard Hale is the Deputy CIO for Cyber Security, Department of Defense. In this position he acts as the department’s Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Hale is responsible for ensuring the department has a well defined and well executed cyber security program, and is responsible for coordinating cyber security standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.
He previously served as the Chief Information Assurance Executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this position he oversaw all information assurance activities at DISA. These included development of DoD-wide cyber security standards, development and operation of the department’s shared cyber defenses, development of DoD’s overall layered defense approach and the hardening and defense of the DISA managed part of the DoD’s information infrastructure.
From 1981 to 1998, Mr. Hale worked at the Naval Research Laboratory where he participated in the design, analysis, and construction of a variety of Navy and Department of Defense information and communication systems, and where he led a group which did enduring work in the development of high
assurance systems, secure internet protocols, command and control cyber security, and core security standards.
Mr. Hale holds Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Virginia.

Hieb, Michael

George Mason University, USA

Session 13: Military Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomy, and Things to Come

Michael Hieb is a Research Associate Professor at George Mason University's Center for Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Cyber (C4IC Center) and a Technical Director for the US Army's Simulation to C4I Overarching IPT (SIMCI OIPT).  Dr. Hieb is the C4IC Center's Lead for its Modeling and Simulation Technology Focus Area.  From 1997 to present Dr. Hieb has worked to formalize Command and Control (C2) of military organizations.  Dr. Hieb has over 130 Publications and has presented his research to many International C2 and M&S Forums . He received his PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University in 1996,

Houghton, Peter 

Dstl, United Kingdom

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Track Chair, Session 6B, 10B, 12A : Battlespace Understanding and Management 

Session 5: Is our current approach to Command and Control fit for purpose?

Peter is currently a member of the C4ISR Concepts team within the Cyber and Information Systems Division of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Peter is the capability advisor on Command and Control (C2), acting as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an interface between MOD stakeholders and Dstl’s research programmes.

With an initial background in Computer Science, and after conducting science and engineering work in the aerospace sector, Peter changed organisation and research area in 1992 in order to conduct and manage research on subjects related to Command and Control. Subsequent to that move, Peter has worked across a broad range of research in C2 ranging from concepts, theory, future command posts and HQ, network enabled capability, systems thinking, complexity, knowledge and information management, and service-based approaches to infrastructure provision.

Peter is currently leading research in Agile C2, and has been spending the majority of his time supporting MOD’s Joint Warfare organisation with the C2 elements of its Integrated Analysis and Experimentation Plan (IAEP) and also the UK’s new 2* Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ), aiding its transition to full operating capability via a series of joint, operational-level exercises. Within the latter he has been a leading member of a Commander’s Innovation Group (CIG) on C2 which has successfully generated new concepts for improving C2, which are being further developed and evaluated as part of the ongoing exercise programme.

House, Stephen, Sir QPM, M.A., MBA

 Royal United Services Institute, United Kingdom

Session 4: The Complex Enterprise – Inter-agency Collaboration

Sir Stephen enjoyed a 35 year career in the police service throughout the UK. Latterly he served in the Metropolitan Police [2001-2007] reaching the rank of Assistant Commissioner for Central Operations and Specialist Crime. From 2007-2012 he was Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police. Following its creation in 2012 he was appointed as the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2005 and was knighted for services to policing in 2012. He left policing in December 2015 and is now a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and a company director, providing guidance on leadership, change management and policy development to governments and agencies in the UK, US and the EU. 

Johnson, Calvin S. 

Mission Command Battle Laboratory, Fort Leavenworth, USA

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Mr. Johnson is employed by the Department of the Army as a Department of the Army civilian, an serves as the Deputy, Mission Command Battle Laboratory, Mission Command Center of Excellence, Combined Arms Center, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Responsible for program management and advanced research for the Mission Command Battle Lab (MCBL) to accelerate the combat development process by determining and validating operational and concept requirements by conducting war-fighting experimentation, studies and analysis to develop and refine Mission Command and Division, Corps, and Brigade Combat Team capabilities required for the Future Force. MCBL enables users, developers, and industry to work together to exploit technological advancements and synchronize advanced war-fighting concepts. The lab also ensures the integration of Mission Command concepts and requirements within the Future Force warfighting functional areas. MCBL ensures that proposed solutions, throughout all future force elements, achieve total Joint, Inter-governmental, Inter-Agency, and Multinational (JIIM) interoperability and interconnectivity.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, three Master’s Degrees in Management and Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1974 and retired as a Colonel, U.S. Army. During his military career, he has served in various leadership positions from platoon leader, Battery, Battalion and Division Artillery Commander, to Assistant Division Commander.  Deployed and served as the Deputy Commander, Multinational Forces, Multinational Brigade (North) Stabilization Force (SFOR)-13, in exercising the command responsibilities in commanding MNB (N) an Task Force Eagle for NATO Stabilization Force 13.  Coordinated muti-service and multi-national planning and staff actions for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Enduring Freedom.  He has an extensive background in Joint, Inter-agency, Inter-governmental and Multinational relationships.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Civilian Education for Senior Leaders (CESL), Senior Manager Course in National Security, Personnel Management for Executives I&II, Organizational Leadership for Executives (OLE), Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace, Small Business Innovative Research Course, U.S. Army Management Staff College (AMSC), Advanced Contracts and Project Management for Executives, U.S. Army Field Artillery Basic and Advance Courses and several other professional development schools and programs.

Norlander, Arne Dr 

Swedish Armed Forces Defence, Sweden

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Dr Arne Norlander is Research and Development Director at the Swedish Armed Forces Defence Staff, and has been part of the C2 Agility research community since its inception. He directs research in modeling and simulation, aerospace technologies and technology forecasting, and he leads international research cooperation between the Armed Forces and a large number of universities and research institutes. Dr Norlander holds Masters, Licentiate and Doctoral degrees from Linko?ping University and the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology, and he is a graduate of the Swedish National Defence College and the Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies. Dr Norlander has worked in the military and academic domains since more than 20 years, mainly in research areas like computerized automation, human?machine interaction, control theory, mathematical modeling, cybernetics, cognitive systems engineering, innovation management, team decision-making and team training.

Patel, Jitu
Dstl, United Kingdom
ICCRTS-KSCO-2016 Chair

Jitu is principal scientist at Dstl, UK. He is a visiting professor in Computer Science and Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, and  Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Potts, Duncan L Vice Admiral CB

UK MOD, United Kingdom

Session 2: Welcome

Duncan Potts is the Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy, UK MOD. He joined the Navy in 1979 and over the years held many UK and International roles including: Maritime Component Commander for NATO Reaction Force 16 and Commander Operation ATALANTA, the EU’s counter piracy operation in the Indian Ocean; Commander United Kingdom Task Group responsible for security in the Northern Gulf; Commander HMS MARLBOROUGH and the 4th Frigate Squadron deployed to the Middle East.,   


Reeves, Stephen E Air Commodore MBE BEng FRAeS RAF (Des)

UK MOD, United Kingdom

Session 5: Is our current approach to Command and Control fit for purpose?

Steve is the Deputy Director Joint Warfare at HQ Joint Forces Command, UK MOD. Prior to starting his current post in August 2016, he was the Deputy Commander of NATO Air Command in Afghanistan. His was the Commanding Officer of RAF Leeming from 2012 to 2014. Steve has over 2000 fast-jet hours and has flown over 200 operational sorties. He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in 2000 and was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2003.

Remmersmann, Thomas

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE), Wachtberg, Germany

Session 13: Military Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomy, and Things to Come

Thomas Remmersmann is a research associate and software engineer with Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE) in Wachtberg, Germany. He has a master degree in computer science and several years of experience with building and evaluating C2 interfaces to interact with simulation systems and robotic forces, especially with the use of the Battle Management Language (BML) and Military Scenario Definition Language (MSDL). He is Vice-Chair for Tasking and Reporting for the SISO C2SIM PDG and Member of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group MSG-145 for “Operationalization of Standardized C2-Simulation Interoperability”.


Skeates, S R Major General  CBE Late RA BA (Hons) MDA MA

Standing Joint Force, United Kingdom

Session 4: The Complex Enterprise – Inter-agency Collaboration

Major General Stuart Skeates was educated at The Judd School Tonbridge, King’s College London and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1988. His early service was spent in Germany with 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and in Aldershot with 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

Following Staff College, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to the newly-formed 16th Air Assault Brigade as and then returned to 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery as the Battery Commander of I Parachute Battery (Bull’s Troop). He was posted on promotion to Northern Ireland as the Military Assistant to the General Officer Commanding and then commanded 26th Regiment Royal Artillery in Gutersloh, Germany. He then served as the Deputy Commander of 52nd Brigade (as Task Force Helmand) and as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J3 Operations in the Permanent Joint Headquarters, interspersed with the Higher Command and Staff Course. He then commanded 19th Light Brigade in Northern Ireland, followed by 18 months with the US Marine Corps as the Deputy Commanding General of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in California and Afghanistan. He was then Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and has been the Standing Joint Force Commander since September 2015.

Stewart, Keith

DRDC, Canada

Session 9: C2 Challenges and Applications of Theory

Mr Keith Stewart joined Defence Research and Development Canada in 2005. He is currently a Section Head at Toronto Research Centre (Adversarial Intent Section 2008-11; Socio Cognitive Systems Section 2011-16). Between 1996 and 2005 he was a Senior Psychologist with the UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (QinetiQ Ltd since 2001). As a researcher his more recent work included a theoretical analysis of command style, preliminary studies in support of military influence operations, an examination of non-technical interoperability in the command and control of multinational forces, and an investigation of organisational structures in net-enabled organisations. Other research interests have included aviation human factors and organisational safety. Keith spent 3 years on secondment to DERA’s Human Factors Unit at the HQ Directorate UK Army Aviation in the late 90s. He provided the human factors contribution to a number of air and marine accident boards of inquiry. Prior to joining DERA, he worked for 3 years at the Aberdeen Business School, undertaking research into crisis decision making on North Sea Oil installations. Keith was initially trained as an industrial / organisational psychologist and has degrees from the Universities of York (UK) and Cardiff. He has been a Chartered Psychologist since 2000, and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 

Suri, Niranjan

US Army Research Laboratory, USA

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Session 13: Military Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomy, and Things to Come

Track Chair: Session 10A: Internet of Intelligent Things and Autonomy

Dr. Niranjan Suri is the Division Associate for Research in the Information Sciences Division at the US Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, FL. His research focus is the area of Agile Computing, which supports the opportunistic discovery and exploitation of resources in highly dynamic networked environments. His other research interests include distributed systems, internet of things, networking and communications protocols, information management and dissemination, software agents, and virtual machine technologies.

Tate, Austin Prof 

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Session 4: The Complex Enterprise – Inter-agency Collaboration

Austin Tate is Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) and holds the Personal Chair of Knowledge-Based Systems at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE, Scotland's National Academy), Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI (FAAAI), Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and on the editorial board of a number of AI journals. His internationally sponsored research work is focused on emergency response and involves advanced knowledge and planning technologies, and collaborative systems especially using virtual worlds. He is coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) a virtual educational and research institute bringing together those interested in the use of virtual worlds for teaching, research and outreach.

Teske, Ken D. Mr. 

Key Management Solutions, USA

Track Chair: Session 6C, 15A, 16A: Methodological Development, Experimentation, Analysis, Assessment and Metrics

Mr. Ken Teske is a Senior Alignment / Unity of Effort / Integration Analyst with Key Management Solutions (KMS), LLC. He is detailed to the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Staff J6, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters (NSHQ), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).  In that role he conducts analysis and assessments and evaluates war-fighter requirements, needs, plans, programs and strategies providing bot the Special Operations and Joint Force impacts and potential solutions in support of the guidance from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, and Service needs. Mr. Teske has over 30 years of experience both uniformed and as a contractor in leading people, conducting planning & analysis, and managing capabilities in the Department of Defense.  His planning and operational experience arrays from the tactical through strategic levels in the United States Army (USA), Joint, and Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Mr. Teske is currently an active contributor to improving alignment and unity of effort with SOF Mission Partners through the application of the Unity of Effort framework and enhanced three-dimensional visualization capability “Global SOF Directory and Repository (GSDR)” for USSOCOM and NSHQ. Previously, he served as team member of the Building Partnerships – Planning Synchronization Framework (BP-PSF) project as Lead Operational Architect of processes and flows, Solution Developer of the “Unity of Effort (UOE) Framework” and author of the Solution Guide. Mr. Teske has also previously been an active contributor in the Mission Partner Environment (MPE) documentation efforts, including Counter-Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) mission thread development collaborating with US Southern, Northern, and Special Operations Commands, Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security with their Components. Mr. Teske also served as the Deputy for the DoD Command and Control on the Move (C2OTM) Working Group that established and managed the C2OTM Joint requirements for the DoD.

Mr. Teske served as a DoD Joint Warfighting Center Observer Trainer and Operation/ Plans Officer in USJFCOM. In the execution of these duties, he provided training, guidance, and mentorship to Combatant Commanders, Joint Task Force (JTF) Commanders, Service Component Commanders, and their staffs in the conduct of joint, combined, and interagency operations with techniques, processes, and procedures to enhance their effectiveness.  Mr. Teske also established and operated Joint Operation Centers (JOCs) in both General Purpose and SOF headquarters at various levels including Joint Task Forces (JTFs) during several combat and humanitarian operations around the world, requiring interagency and international planning integration.     

Mr. Teske holds a Bachelors of Science and a Certificate in Homeland Security from Excelsior College, Albany, NY and is a graduate from multiple Professional Military Education schools in the DoD. Mr. Teske is a LEAD’s Enterprise Architecture eXpert and Practitioner. Mr. Teske also is on the LEADing Practice Advisory Board of Directors.

Tortonesi, Mauro

University of Ferrara, Italy

Session 13: Military Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomy, and Things to Come

Mauro Tortonesi graduated from the University of Ferrara, Italy, where he received a Ph.D. degree in computer engineering in 2006. He is an assistant professor at the Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara. Dr. Tortonesi's scientific work could be broadly classified along 4 main research activities: methodologies and tools for the modeling and optimization of support organizations for the resolution of incidents in the IT industry; business-driven methodologies and tools for the placement optimization of software components of complex IT services in federated Cloud environments; Internet-of-Things (IoT) management in industrial and military environments; methodologies and tools to support communications in extremely dynamic wireless environments such as mobile ad-hoc, delay-tolerant, opportunistic, and tactical edge networks. For more information, please refer to Dr. Tortonesi's Web site: http://endif.unife.it/dsg/people/mauro-tortonesi.

Wunder, Michael Dr.

Fraunhofer-FKIE, Germany

Member of ICCRTS Program Committee 

Track Chair: Session 10C, 12B: Interoperability/Integration and Security 

Micheal Wynder is at the head of the department “Information Technology for Command & Control” at a military Research Institute. He is responsible for planning, staffing, conducting research and project activities, mainly in the fields: interoperability of heterogeneous systems, workflow optimization, information analysis, migration of IT-systems. He is responsible for 70 employees, thereof  45 university graduates and 15 engineers. He is also a board member at AFCEA Bonn e.V. and a IST-Panel Vice Chair for the NATO Science&Technology Organization. When he was a IT Manager at the automotive industry, his main activities and responsibilities were: rationalization of production and administrative processes; migration of IT-systems; interoperability among subsidiaries, headquarter and customers; development of individual IT-Systems and introduction of standard enterprise application SW. He was also System Analyst at the automotive industry, with the main activities and responsibilities of: system development and implementation for tyre production; interfaces between IT-systems; process analysis and optimization. His areas of expertise are: Command & Control Information Systems; Reconnaissance Systems; Technologies for Interoperability of heterogeneous  systems; Large scale system integration; Semantic interoperability; Decision support for complex and critical processes; Process analysis and optimization; Modeling. He got a Diplom Ingenieur (Subject: Mechanical Engineering) in 1984 and Promotion (Thesis about the Natural Law of Economic Growth) in 1984 from RWTH Aachen (Technical University) in Germany.