Dr. Reza Ghanadan joined DARPA in 2013 as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office. He has interests in data analytics, autonomy, machine learning and artificial intelligence in information systems, life sciences, and cyber-physical systems. At DARPA, he has been investigating the foundations and applications of these technologies to complex science and engineering problems, ranging from precision medicine and neuroscience, to robotics, social science, and human-machine collaboration.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Ghanadan spent 18 years in industry, in both start-up and large research and development organizations in defense and commercial markets. He led programs across diverse engineering domains, including: information sciences; adaptive autonomous systems; data analytics; tactical communication; ISR and EW systems; cognitive and machine learning algorithms; communications and networking; 4G mobile wireless technology; modeling and simulation of complex multi-modal systems; mathematical systems theory, control and optimization algorithms.
Dr. Ghanadan came to DARPA from the Boeing Company, where he was chief network engineer at Boeing’s Network and Space Systems and a Boeing technical fellow in Boeing’s Research and Technology Division, leading several Department of Defense and commercial research and development programs. Before that, he was technical director for Networks and Information Processing domain at BAE Systems, where he pioneered programs in information and communications technologies. In 2000, he was a founding team member of Flarion Technologies, a start-up that designed and demonstrated the first commercial 4G wireless internet technology and was later acquired by Qualcomm, Inc. From 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the technical staff at AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Ghanadan was named a Boeing technical fellow in 2010 and a BAE engineering and scientific fellow in 2008. He received the Boeing Technology Innovation Challenge award, BAE’s Gold Chairman’s Award for Innovation, which is the highest technical achievement at global BAE Systems, and several Bell Labs project awards for outstanding achievements. He is a fellow of the National Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi), and has been awarded 18 patents in the areas of intelligent systems, signal processing, sensor networks, routing, information fusion, EW, RF and digital communications, mobile, wireless and data networking.
He received Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and physics, and Master of Science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, all from University of Maryland, College Park. He also received an executive Master of Business Administration degree from the New York University Stern School of Business in 2008.
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