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Erik Blasch is a program officer at the US Air Force Office
of Scientific Research. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
master’s degrees in mechanical, health science, and industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology;
master’s degrees in electronics, economics, and business
from Wright State University; and a PhD in electrical engineering from Wright State University. He has compiled
more than 800 papers, 27 patents, and 5 books focusing
on robotics, information fusion, and man–machine systems, starting with the 1994 AAAI Robot Competition
Winner (AI Magazine, 16( 2) 1995). He is an International
Society of Information Fusion member, an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow,
an International Society for Photonics and Optics Fellow,
and an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.
Robert Cruise is a research scientist at the US Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Crane Division. He received his bachelor’s
degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Notre
Dame, an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, and
a PhD degree in theoretical nuclear physics from Indiana
University with minors in applied mathematics and com-
puter science. His research focuses on IF, CD, and the appli-
cation of ML and control technologies to systems and
robotics design. Previously, Cruise served as an engineer
and scientist researching software-defined radios, ground-
based operational surveillance systems, and fire-control sys-
tems at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Alex J. Aved is a senior researcher with the US Air Force
Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, New
York. He received a BA degree in computer science and
mathematics in 1999 from Anderson University, an MS
degree in computer science from Ball State University, and
a PhD degree in computer science in 2013 from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. His research interests
include multimedia databases, stream processing (via CPU,
GPU, or coprocessor), and dynamically executing models
with feedback loops incorporating measurement and error
data to improve the accuracy of the model.
Uttam K. Majumder is a senior electronics engineer at
the US Air Force Research Laboratory. He received a BS
degree in computer science from The City College of New
York, graduating summa cum laude. He earned an MS
degree from the US Air Force Institute of Technology,
an MBA degree from Wright State University, and a PhD
in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He was
also an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University,
teaching signal and image processing. He received an US
Air Force Distinguished Civilian Award, a US Air Force Research Laboratory Science and Technology achievement
award for radar systems development, and is a senior
member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Todd V. Rovito is a research computer scientist with the US
Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Dayton,
Ohio. He received a BS degree in information technology in
2001 from the University of Cincinnati, and a MS in computer science in 2005 from Wright State University. Rovito’s
research interest includes 3D reconstruction and reasoning
applications for commercial space systems. He aggressively
uses open source software to develop exploitation systems
quickly, generate the best value, and deliver high performance products to the customers.