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The Mathematics of Homeland Security

Biographies of the Presenters

  • David Madigan received a bachelors degree in Mathematical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Statistics, both from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked for KPMG, SkillSoft, University of Washington, AT&T Labs, and Soliloquy Inc. He is currently Professor of Statistics and Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Rutgers University. He has published more than 100 papers on Bayesian statistics, statistical graphics, Monte Carlo methods, computer-assisted learning, information retrieval, and text mining. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

  • William M. (Bill) Pottenger has received over $6M in competitive research funding from the NSF, NIJ, ARL, industry, etc., has over $1M in pending proposals, 40+ peer-reviewed publications, has served as editor and chair of several proceedings/symposia and made over 50 professional presentations/seminars. Bill is a member of ACM, IEEE, SIAM and has served as a program committee member/referee for numerous professional venues, journals, etc. Among other awards he is the recipient of the PC. Rossin Endowed Assistant Professorship (2001-2003) and a United States Air Force Certificate of Appreciation (2001). Bill is currently an Associate Research Professor at Rutgers University. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Bill completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Bill's research interests include the fields of machine learning as applied in text/data mining and parallel and distributed computing.

  • Fred Roberts is the director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Dynamic Data Analysis, DyDAn, and also of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, DIMACS, both based at Rutgers University. His research is in mathematical models in the social, behavioral, biological, environmental, and epidemiological sciences, and of problems of communications, transportation, and homeland security. He has authored four acclaimed books, edited 15 more, and authored some 150 scientific articles, covering discrete mathematical modeling, energy use, mathematical psychology, computational biology, and precollege discrete mathematics. His work on homeland security has led him to serve on government boards such as the Secretary's smallpox modeling group at the Dept. of HHS, the NJ Governor's Regional Homeland Security Technology Committee, and the NJ Domestic Security Preparedness Planning Group, and to present a lecture on Mathematics and Homeland Security for members of Congress and their staffs. He has also pioneered precollege programs as well as lecturing widely around the world. Dr. Roberts is the recipient of many awards, including the “Science and Technology Centers Pioneer Award” presented to him by the director of the National Science Foundation.

  • Dona Schneider is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Schneider teaches Epidemiology at both Rutgers University and the UMDNJ-School of Public Health, and Bioterrorism Epidemiology for the New Jersey Department of Health. A Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and a medical geographer by training, Dr. Schneider serves as the principle investigator for two major grants, one on reducing the morbidity from childhood asthma and the other on halting the spread of HIV among high risk groups. Professor Schneider also serves as an article, book and grant reviewer for 28 journals, agencies and publishing houses; and has served as thesis chair for more than 35 graduate students. Her publications include more than 80 refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, mostly focusing on mortality, morbidity and risk factors for disease, especially for children and minorities.