Keynote Speakers

John O. Everett, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office(I2O)
John Everett

John Everett joined DARPA in early 2014, taking over the RAPID and ICAS programs in the Information Innovation Office. His research interests are in the confluence of automation and cyber security to enable more effective defenses of existing computing systems and infrastructure. He started the Cyber Fault-tolerant Attack Recovery (CFAR) program in late 2014 to explore the potential of running multiple variants of a software system in parallel, taking advantage of modern multi-core CPUs to secure legacy software. In 2015 he started the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program to develop technologies for the early detection of and swift recovery from a severe cyber-enabled attack on the US power grid. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University, an MBA from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a BA in economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liesel Ritchie, Associate Director, University of Colorado Boulder
Liesel Ritchie

Dr. Liesel Ritchie is Associate Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her career, Ritchie has studied a range of disaster events, including the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills; the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash release; Hurricane Katrina; and earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand. Since 2000, her focus has been on the social impacts of disasters and community resilience, with an emphasis on technological disasters, social capital, and renewable resource communities. Ritchie is a NIST Disaster Resilience Fellow and a member of the National Academy Sciences Committee for Measuring Community Resilience.

Dr. Sandeep Neema, Program Manager, DARPA
Dandeep Neema

Dr. Sandeep Neema joined DARPA in July 2016. His research interests include cyber physical systems, model-based design methodologies, distributed real-time systems, and mobile software technologies.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Neema was a research associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Vanderbilt University, and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, also at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Neema participated in numerous DARPA initiatives through his career including the Transformative Apps, Adaptive Vehicle Make, and Model-based Integration of Embedded Systems programs.
Dr. Neema has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed conference, journal publications, and book chapters. Dr. Neema holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in electrical engineering from Utah State University. He earned a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

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