|Paul Sajda (Fellow,
IEEE) is a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Radiology and
Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and
Neural Computing, Columbia University, New York, NY. Much
of his current research focuses on using multimodal
neuroimaging and behavioral measures to track selective
attention and the dynamics of cognitive state during rapid
decision making. He also applies these basic scientific
findings to engineer neurotechnology systems that improve
human–machine interaction. Prof. Sajda is the
Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems
and Rehabilitation and Chair of the IEEE BRAIN Initiative.
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|Dr. Jonathan (Jon) Touryan is a neuroscientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate. He joined ARL from SAIC (now Leidos) in 2012 where he managed the company’s neuroimaging facility and lead research efforts in the human neurosciences for various defense agencies, including DARPA, ARL, and AFRL. His prior research explored the neural correlates of performance in real-world tasks such as driving. Currently, his work focuses on the use of eye tracking and EEG to elucidate the endogenous and exogenous sources of variability in visual search. For the last five years, he has lead the Cognition and Neuroergonomics (CaN) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA), ARL’s extramural program in the neurosciences.|
|Dr. Amy Kruse
is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Platypus Institute,
an applied neuroscience research organization that
translates cutting-edge neuroscience discoveries into
practical tools and programs which enhance the human
experience. Dr. Kruse’s primary focus at the Platypus
Institute is a project entitled “Human 2.0” – a
multi-faceted initiative that helps selected individuals
and teams leverage neurotechnology to generate meaningful
competitive advantages. Her ultimate goal with the Human
2.0 project is to create a vibrant, widespread
neurotechnology industry that allows humanity to upgrade
the human brain and, thereby, the human condition.
Before joining the Platypus Institute, Dr. Kruse served as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cubic Global Defense, where she oversaw the company’s research and development (R&D) programs. Her efforts at Cubic dramatically accelerated and enhanced the company’s R&D capabilities, which in turn yielded an expanded product portfolio and increased sales. Prior to her work at Cubic, Dr. Kruse served as a government civilian program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she created and oversaw the Agency’s first performance-oriented neuroscience program. Her efforts at DARPA generated scientific breakthroughs in areas including augmented cognition, accelerated learning, cognitive enhancement, team neurodynamics, and brain stimulation, and they resulted in the creation of multiple programs that measurably enhanced both individual and team performance in several branches of the US military.
Amy is Founding Member of the Loomis Innovation Council at the Stimson Center in Washington DC, a member of the DARPA ISAT Study group and a Guest Lecturer for Singularity University. She is a frequent contributor to several defense panels and advisory boards for organizations including DARPA, the National Academies and the Defense Science Board. She is also the author of numerous scientific papers, chapters, and articles.