At Charles River Analytics, Karen provides strategic direction for both our Government Services and Commercial Solutions Divisions. Karen directs the research and development activities of our four technical divisions: Sensor Processing and Networking, Decision Management Systems, Socio-Cognitive Systems, and Human Effectiveness. She also leads our efforts in leveraging our significant IP portfolio to develop commercial solutions across government and private industry applications. In her role as Principal Scientist, Karen leads programs focused on autonomy development for unmanned systems, including real-time sensor processing enabling autonomous situation awareness and decision-making, real-time control systems in maritime robotics applications, and human-centered remote supervisory command & control (C2) solutions. Karen’s expertise also spans the simulation of human behavior, at both the individual and organizational levels, and the development of advanced human/computer interfaces (HCIs) for complex C2 systems. Karen is currently a member of the Small Business Technology Council Board and the New England Innovation Alliance. She holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and an MS degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, where her research focused on robotics and control, specifically biologically-inspired robot locomotion.
Don directs the Finance and Administration division at Charles River, responsible for a broad range of functions including finance, contracts, information systems, security, and facilities. He has over twenty years of experience in senior management positions in the government contracting arena. During his career, Don has been integral to the operation and start-up of many key, high visibility government programs including those related to the EPA Superfund, NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station, and Medicare Fraud Prevention and Detection. Don's areas of expertise are budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, contract administration, and project management. He received his BS in accounting from Kent State University and his MS in Finance from Boston University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Financial Manager.
Scott leads Charles River's Decision Management Systems Division, which develops and applies a wide range of applied artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to help people make better decisions. These AI techniques include: planning & optimization, data mining, data fusion, machine learning, knowledge representation, and natural language processing. He is primarily interested in human-machine decision-making systems that help people understand the world and make better decision. This has led him to work in areas such as real-time agent architectures, affective decision making, ensemble machine learning, social-behavior modeling, plan recognition, causal analysis, believable agents, sensitivity analysis, and mixed-initiative systems. Scott earned a BS in Computer Science from Duke University. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rich leads Charles River's Sensor Processing and Networking Division, which develops software and integrated systems for use in security and surveillance, automatic target recognition, robot localization, collision avoidance and navigation, multi-sensor fusion, and electronic warfare/signal processing. For over 25 years, Rich has successfully led programs for a wide range of both government and commercial customers, including various agencies within both DHS and DoD, as well as numerous international clients. His current product-area focus includes expanding the company’s offerings in video analytics and robotics/unmanned systems. Before joining Charles River, Rich served as Director of Custom Products at American Science and Engineering, where he led development of innovative X-ray based detection systems geared to combating terrorism and trade fraud. Earlier, he served as Director of Asia Pacific R&D for Comverse Network Systems, a global provider of enhanced telecommunications services platforms, and as Program Manager at GE Aerospace. Rich holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Ryan leads Charles River’s Human Effectiveness Division, which combines expertise in user interface design, training, and software development to successfully integrate human operators with complex technologies. Ryan’s research interests focus on cognitive work analysis and the design and evaluation of intuitive interfaces for supervisory control, decision support, and skill development. At the heart of Ryan’s research is a deep passion for collaborating first hand with operational personnel to understand and address the challenges they face. This direct engagement with end users is reflected across the Human Effectiveness Division, whose Government customers include DARPA, ONR, NAVSEA, NAVAIR, AFRL, MRMC, OSD, and IARPA. Ryan has also held an adjunct faculty appointment to the Tufts University Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he taught courses on ecological interface design and usability engineering. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Human Factors Engineering through the University of Toronto’s Interactive Media Lab.
Mike leads Charles River’s Socio-Cognitive Systems Division, which includes a portfolio of R&D and technology transition efforts that cover socio-cultural modeling, human performance assessment, human sensing, and the development of software to support intelligence analysis and influence operations. Mike works closely with the Principal Investigators and Software Leads within the division to ensure the effective technical development of innovative ideas, from their earliest conceptual stages to their maturation as complete products tailored to user needs. With his leadership, the division addresses a variety of application domains and Government customers (e.g., DARPA, IARPA, SOCOM, OSD, ONR, CERDEC I2WD, ARL, AFRL, AFOSR). He has ten years of experience leading efforts of varying size and scope, achieving collaborative success through partnership with academia, large businesses and other small businesses. He has directly served as a Principal Investigator on efforts in a variety of domains, including support for tactical intelligence collection, and sensor-based human performance assessment. He received his MEng degree from MIT in 2006, researching the construction of social networks from sensor network data with Prof. Samuel Madden, and a BS degree from MIT.
Sam focuses on maximizing the value Charles River provides to customers while increasing efficiencies by providing consultation to internal organizations with strategic, operational, and tactical guidance on business processes and systems. In addition, Sam oversees Charles River's Proposal, Project, and Process Improvement Management Office (P3MO), which supports key infrastructure projects within the corporation. Sam’s area of expertise is centered in Systems Engineering principles applied to advanced research and development of data centric intelligent systems. Since 2003, Sam has led research and development projects, with a particular emphasis on program management (e.g., scheduling, staffing, contract management) in recent years. Throughout his career, Sam has concentrated on modeling and simulation and business intelligence technologies in multiple domains including military intelligence and training technologies. In addition, Sam holds a strong research interest in emergent properties in complex systems and the design process to support change-resistant, evolvable organizations. He received his BS in Computer Science from Stonehill College.