distributed systems are built that handle web-scale data and design algorithms that challenge the published state of the art.
Asher Sinensky holds a Ph.D. from MIT in materials science and engineering and oversees product development at Palantir Technologies, where he is directly responsible for plotting the development roadmap for all features and functions. He has been involved in national security for a decade including having worked at Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories on projects related to bio security and detection of chemical and biological pathogens. He has received several security-related awards, including the Sandia National Security Fellowship and a Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. At MIT he explored techniques in nanoscale detection of organic molecules such as anthrax DNA. Sinensky is involved in numerous Palantir Technologes deployments across the defense, intelligence community, and law enforcement spaces.
Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and vice president of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help organizations realize the value of big data. His early advocacy in the industry has played an important role in the adoption of technologies such as J2EE, Linux, Web services, XML, rich Internet applications, and various wireless standards. As an IBM fellow, Smith is helping lead IBM’s efforts around big data analytics and the application of IBM Watson-like technologies to business solutions, helping companies make better decisions more quickly for improved business outcomes. His early identification of emerging technologies has led to a sustained record of achievement in the global software community. Smith has authored numerous invention patents and disclosures, and he is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the TJ Watson Design Excellence Award. Smith is a computer science graduate of Western Michigan University, and holds an M.A. and a B.A. in economics with a concentration in math from Western Michigan University.
David Thurman currently leads computing strategy development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as well as providing oversight for activities at the Seattle Research Center in nonproliferation policy analysis, systems engineering, and human-centered analytics. He was previously responsible for program management for PNNL’s information analysis portfolio in the national security domain, coordinating a range of research and development projects focused on delivering new analytic capability to a range of government users. With more than 25 years of professional experience in research and university settings, Thurman has managed a variety of information analysis projects that developed new analytic methods and capabilities for a range of client organizations. He previously conducted research on advanced knowledge representation techniques to support intelligence analysis, led efforts to define information integration architectures for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, studied information analysis methods at the International Atomic Energy Agency, and developed integrated analysis systems for a variety of government clients. Internally at PNNL, he has served in leadership roles for research initiatives on data-intensive computing, threat anticipation, and signature discovery. He is currently leading the definition of a new research initiative in distributed analytics for multisource data. Thurman was previously a research engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Human-Machine Systems Research, developing human interfaces, training systems, and automation in the domains of satellite ground control and commercial aviation. Prior to that, he worked as a software developer in PNNL’s Computational Sciences Department, developing advanced data analysis and visualization applications. He has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports on a range of information processing and analysis topics. Thurman was a Presidential Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received an M.S. in human-machine systems engineering. He also holds B.S. degrees in mathematics and