Plenary Speakers

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Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy

Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy is Founder and Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  Her research interests span adaptive control theory and its applications to aerospace, automotive, and propulsion systems as well as cyber physical systems such as Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. Her current research team of 15 students and post-docs is supported at present by the US Air-Force Research Laboratory, US Department of Energy, Boeing, Ford-MIT Alliance, and NSF. She has received best paper awards (Axelby; CSM), Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and a PYI award from NSF. She is the author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control, co-editor of two vision documents on smart grids as well as the two editions of the Impact of Control Technology report, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee Study on modernizing the US Electric System. She is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC. She is currently serving as the President of CSS.


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Dr. Julia Badger

Dr. Julia Badger is the Autonomy and Vehicle Systems Manager (VSM) system manager for the Gateway program at NASA-Johnson Space Center.  She also serves as the Autonomous Systems Technical Discipline Lead for JSC. She is responsible for the research and development of autonomous system capabilities, on the Earth, the International Space Station, the Gateway, and for future exploration, that include dexterous manipulation, autonomous spacecraft control and caretaking, and human-robot interfaces.  Julia has a BS from Purdue University, and an MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology, all in Mechanical Engineering.  Her work has been honored with several awards, including NASA Software of the Year, Early Career, Director’s Commendation, and Exceptional Achievement Awards.


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Dr. Sam Coogan

Dr. Sam Coogan is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech with a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2017, he was an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA from 2015-2017. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research is in the area of dynamical systems and control and focuses on developing scalable tools for verification and control of networked, cyber-physical systems with an emphasis on transportation systems. He received the Outstanding Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems in 2017, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2018, a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2018, and the Donald P Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 2020.


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Dr. David Woods

Dr. David Woods has worked to improve systems safety in high risk complex settings for 40 years. These include studies of human coordination with automated and intelligent systems and accident investigations in aviation, nuclear power, critical care medicine, crisis response, military operations, and space operations. Beginning in 2000-2003 he developed Resilience Engineering on the dangers of brittle systems and the need to invest in sustaining sources of resilience as part of the response to several NASA accidents. His results on proactive safety and resilience are in the book Resilience Engineering (2006).  He developed the first comprehensive theory on how systems can build the potential for resilient performance despite complexity.  Recently, he started the SNAFU Catchers Consortium, an industry-university partnership to build resilience in critical digital services.

The results of this work on how complex human-machine systems succeed and sometimes fail has been highly cited and syntheses can be found in the books Behind Human Error (1994; 2nd Edition 2010); A Tale of Two Stories: Contrasting Views of Patient Safety (1998), the 2 book series Joint Cognitive Systems — Foundations of  Cognitive Systems Engineering (2005) & Patterns in Cognitive Systems Engineering (2006).

He is Past-President of the Human Factors an Ergonomics Society and Past-President of the Resilience Engineering Association. He has received many awards including the Laurels Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology (1995), IBM Faculty Award, Google Faculty Award, Ely Best Paper Award and Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society,  the Jimmy Doolittle Fellow Award from the Air Force Association (2012).

He provides advice to many government agencies, companies in the US and internationally such as, US National Research Council on Dependable Software (2006), US National Research Council on Autonomy in Civil Aviation (2014), the FAA Human Factors and Cockpit Automation Team (1996; and its reprise in 2013), the Defense Science Board Task Force on Autonomy (2012), and he was an advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.