Mr. Ted Senator joined DARPA as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office in August 2018. Senator was a senior science advisor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, focusing on uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has been a program manager at both the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as well as the founder and leader of the Artificial Intelligence Division at the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and an engineer for the Department of the Navy. Between periods of government service, he was a technical fellow and vice president at SAIC (now Leidos), the founder of the data science group at NASD Regulation (now the Financial Regulatory Authority, or FinRA), and a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Senator has been developing and researching AI systems and technologies for over 25 years. He formed and led teams that developed and deployed applications of AI in the domains of counter-terrorism, money laundering, and stock market fraud. He also formulated and led research programs in fundamental techniques for applying AI and machine learning to structured and linked data and in transfer learning.
Senator recently retired after 15 years of service as the secretary-treasurer of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), of which he is a senior member. He is a three-time winner of AAAI’s Deployed Application Award, the 2013 recipient of AAAI’s Distinguished Service Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD). He received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2006 and the Federal Information Technology Leadership Award in 1993. He holds degrees in physics and in electrical engineering from MIT and has done additional graduate studies in physics, information technology, and finance.
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