Commissioner Robert C. Haas
Cambridge Police Department
Commissioner Haas has distinguished himself during thirty years of law enforcement experience. He most recently served as the Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, responsible for oversight of the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Corrections, the National Guard, the Department of Fire Services and numerous other criminal justice and public safety agencies of the Commonwealth. While serving, first as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, and later as the Secretary, he focused on improving the law enforcement response to homeland security matters and encouraging innovations in police responsiveness to community needs. He had the major leadership role in developing and implementing improved procedures and reporting requirements to ensure that police departments were not engaged in racial profiling through their enforcement activities. Among his other important assignments, Commissioner Haas directed his attention to improving the transition of prisoners to civilian life after their incarceration, an important issue in Cambridge.
Emily Shaw is the National Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation and oversees its state and local policy work. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University. She most recently served as an assistant professor of political science at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. In the past she has worked for a range of civil and human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her recent writing and speaking has focused on issues of voting policy, municipal tax policy, and campaign finance, and as a result she is a regular and enthusiastic user of open government data.
Richard Smith, Ph.D., GISP
Texas A&M University
Richard Smith is an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia and holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Rick is also a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). Rick’s research interests are in cartography, systems integration, and use of geospatial technology for disaster response. He has designed and implemented custom GIS software and authored maps for both the public and private sector. Such projects include designing and authoring a web-based mapping application for NASA, mapping the Columbia Shuttle debris for NASA’s Mishap Investigation Team, developing embedded computer systems for the logging of near real-time weather and tide information for the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network, and working with the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue to map debris in a fishing bay in Japan following the 2011 tsunami. Richard is currently researching methods to partially automate the cartographic design process and is also building SituMap: a multi-user multi-touch collaborative mapping application for use in time-sensitive situations.
Lieutenant Tony Striefel
Richland Police Department
Lieutenant Tony Striefel began his career in Law Enforcement in 1996. During his career, he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Investigator/Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Task Force Sergeant. In 2013, Tony was awarded the Richland Police Departments Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Award. Tony left Law Enforcement to work with the Microsoft Global Security group in 2013. While at Microsoft Tony worked with technology, security groups and law enforcement from all over the world specializing in emergency operations centers, virtual operations, Cloud technology and life and safety solutions.
Tony returned to law enforcement leaving Microsoft as the Director of Technology for Global Security. While he loved working at Microsoft, Tony saw the benefit of returning to law enforcement and using those experiences from Microsoft to enhance public safety capabilities. He is currently a Lieutenant (Chief of Staff) for the Richland Police Department. His role includes working primarily in Analytics, Technology, Project Management and Departmental Operations.
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) of Washington State
Bill Schrier chairs the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), serves as the primary point of contact for the FirstNet effort in the State, and evangelizes open government through efforts like data.wa.gov. He works in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) of Washington State government.
Schrier retired in May, 2012, after over 8 years serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO – also CIO) for the City of Seattle.
Dr. Timothy Dasey
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Timothy Dasey is the Leader of the Informatics and Decision Support Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. This Group develops and analyzes software and “big data” analytics prototypes for diverse Government applications, including homeland security, transportation systems and biomedical systems. Prototype systems being developed for law enforcement include video processing and social media analysis solutions. In previous roles at Lincoln Lab, Tim led the Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group and had both leadership and engineering roles with the Weather Sensing Group. Tim holds a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University.
Harvard University CyberLaw Clinic
Andy Sellars is a Clinical Instructional Fellow at the Cyberlaw Clinic and is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow. He studies Internet free speech and intellectual property matters. Andy received his J.D. with high honors from the George Washington University Law School, where he was awarded the Peter D. Rosenberg Award for Patent and Intellectual Property Law and the Jan Jancin Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association. During his summers in law school he interned at Berkman’s Cyberlaw Clinic, working on a wide variety of intellectual property and cyberlaw matters. Prior to law school, Andy worked in the music industry, including for the festival production and promotion company Great Northeast Productions and as assistant tour manager and stage manager for the band moe. He received his undergraduate degree in music, summa cum laude, from Northeastern University in 2008, where he interned at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (now part of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston). He is also a trustee with the Boston chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
Lieutenant, Cambridge Police Department
Daniel Wagner has served the City of Cambridge (MA) as a police officer since 1998 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. He is the Commanding Officer of the Crime Analysis Unit where he has implemented successful crime prevention strategies based on his keen interest in predictive analytics and data-driven, evidence-based approaches to reducing harm and improving policing outcomes. Wagner developed a curriculum on discretionary police authority and police legitimacy, which he has taught to thousands of Massachusetts police officers. He has also taught classes on community policing, problem-solving, and fair and impartial policing and is a guest lecturer at the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Wagner is a policing fellow at the Police Foundation and member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Society of Criminology, and the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, where he is a founding member and Vice-President.
Principal Solution Architect, Microsoft
Jeff King is Principal Solution Architect on Microsoft’s U.S. State & Local Government team, where he drives technology initiatives for law enforcement, corrections, and emergency management. He has spent years working with public sector and commercial customers, to develop solutions using Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, and SharePoint. Jeff has an extensive background in data analytics and machine learning, and has designed some of the largest Enterprise reporting platforms in the US.
Director of Communications, Cambridge Police Department
Jeremy Warnick is the City of Cambridge (MA) Police Department’s Director of Communications & Media Relations. In addition to serving as the point person with the local, national and international media, Warnick facilitates information between the police department and the people who live, work, visit and study in Cambridge via the department’s website, social media channels, e-mail platforms and marketing programs. He has more than 10 years of communications experience with major corporate brands, including ESPN, LoJack Corporation, 7-Eleven and Blockbuster. Warnick has received industry awards from PR Daily and spoken at New England Publicity Club and Boston Public Relations Society of America-sponsored events.
Dr. Dennis Martinez
Harris RF Communications
Dennis Martinez is the Chief Technology Officer at Harris RF Communications Division. Dr. Martinez has spent much of his career in the development of advanced telecommunication products and systems, serving mission-critical markets including National Defense, Public Safety, and Critical Infrastructure Industries that rely on wireless communications. He has authored patents in the fields of Wireless Communications, Image Processing and Radar Systems. Dr. Martinez was the Chair for the FCC ERIC Public Safety Advisory Committee- Security and Authentication Work Group and also appointed by the FCC to serve on the Technology Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability to establish technical requirements for interoperability in the National Public Safety Broadband Network. Dr. Martinez served on the National Security Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to develop policy recommendations for the emerging National Public Safety Broadband Network, and currently serves on the NSTAC subcommittee developing policy recommendations for Big Data Analytics for National Security / Emergency Preparedness. Dr. Martinez is a Board Member of TIA and ATIS. Dr. Martinez received his BSEE, MSEE, EE, and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Harvard University Berkman Center, Youth and Media project
Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of the Youth and Media project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the collaboration between the Berkman Center andUNICEF. At Youth and Media Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser, Berkman Fellow Paulina Haduong, and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.
See publications here.Sandra continues to also be engaged in European projects in collaboration with the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Sandra has a Masters in Psychology, with a specialization in Neuro-Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, from the University of Basel.Sandra supports the following Berkman projects and initiatives: Youth and Media, Student Privacy Initiative, Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, and Cyberlearning.
Dr. Lawrence Farwell
Dr. Lawrence Farwell is the brain behind Brain Fingerprinting Technique. He has devoted his life and career to develop this revolutionary technique and help the world in fight against the evil. Dr. Farwell is a renowned neuroscientist and is the inventor of Brain Fingerprinting technique. While some of his colleagues preferred to remain in academia and pursue pure science in the laboratory alone he believed that was his duty to apply his discoveries to help people in the real world. “It’s a question of whether you’d rather be the Wright brothers or a professor of aeronautical engineering”, says Dr. Farwell. His preference has been to take his discoveries out into the world, to get the thing off the ground and fly with it, to produce something that can be helpful to real people in real-life situations. End of 2012 he joined hands with Mr. Krishna Ika to help entrepreneurial team support to bring his technique to modern age and launch it globally for the betterment of humanity. He developed the first brainwave-based brain-computer interface (BCI), and pioneered research-using brainwaves to allow paralyzed patients to use brainwaves to communicate with a computer, communicate through speech synthesizers, and control robots. TIME Magazine selected Dr. Farwell to the TIME 100: The Next Wave, the innovators who may be “the Picassos or Einsteins of the 21st Century.”
Dr. Farwell has conducted field research on Brain Fingerprinting at the FBI, the CIA, and the US Navy. He has applied Brain Fingerprinting in criminal cases, including catching serial killers and helping to exonerate and free innocents, who had been falsely convicted. Dr. Farwell’s Brain Fingerprinting test and his expert witness testimony were ruled admissible as scientific evidence in court. Dr. Farwell has been the focus of extensive national and international news media attention on Brain Fingerprinting, including CBS 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, CNN, ABC Good Morning America, Discovery, PBS, BBC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, US News and Report, and many others throughout the world.
Captain Christian Quinn
Fairfax County Police Department
Christian Quinn serves as a Captain with the Fairfax County Police Department in Fairfax, Virginia. He is currently assigned to the Security and Operations planning for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. He has previously served as a Commander in the Patrol Bureau and as the Commander of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program where he collaborated on the development of a web-based activity tracking system to measure the effectiveness of the SRO program. Mr. Quinn’s other leadership roles include supervising a patrol squad and investigative units in both the Organized Crime Division and the Major Crimes Division. While assigned to the Major Crimes Division, he implemented two original technology programs; an Auto Theft Case Management System and an Extradition Management System. Mr. Quinn began his career as a patrol officer and then served as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Mr. Quinn holds a Master of Forensic Sciences Degree from the George Washington University and a BA in Criminal Justice from Stonehill College. He has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organizations program; the United States Department of Justice, DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy; the United States Secret Service’s Dignitary Protection Seminar; and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s Institute for Leadership in Changing Times.
Adam Rand is the co-founder and president of EVantage USA Inc., the exclusive manufacturer of Polaris® Electric Bicycles. Evantage holds U.S. patents for its proprietary battery-powered motor systems, which are featured in the Polaris e-bike product line, and currently has numerous utility patent applications filed and pending. Since 1997, Adam has been innovating products in the consumer and professional electronics categories. He co-founded the successful Vector Products, Inc., just two years after graduating from college and in his ten-year tenure with the company, he managed on average 20 new product technology and design introductions per year in the performance-competitive 12 Volt automotive category. His efforts amassed the company over 60 utility and design patents globally. In 2006, following Vector’s acquisition by Black and Decker Corporation, he turned his focus to the cutting edge, emerging product category of Light Electric Vehicles.
Adam is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Bowdoin College. He resides in Marblehead Mass., with his wife and children.
Joseph Porcelli is Senior City Strategist and “Professional Neighbor” at Nextdoor. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Joseph has worked in many professional capacities for Public Safety Agencies, in tech firms that support them, and in volunteer capacities to improve quality of life and increase safety and resilience in communities. You can find Joseph on twitter as @JosephPorcelli and on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephporcelli
Bert Van Der Zaag
Bert Van Der Zaag is a Principal Manager at Motorola Solutions with 19 years of experience in User Experience Design and 14 years specializing in Public Safety. He leads a multidisciplinary team within the Chief Technology Office that is envisioning the future of Public Safety. By starting with the optimal user experience, technological innovation can deliver a context-driven experience for the officer and enriched situational awareness.
Brian McGrew is a graduate of Baylor University with a business degree in Marketing. He has traveled to 48 of the 50 United States performing professional roles of marketing, sales, sales training, and sales management. He enjoys building successful teams and launching new prod-ucts. He is a believer in self and people development and has had the opportunity to attend ex-ecutive level training and leadership programs from various business schools including Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, Michigan, and Villanova. From a customer’s point of view, Brian builds healthy partnerships and creates solutions with them to overcome challenges or capitalize on their oppor-tunities.
Kristen A. Helsel
Kristen A. Helsel leads global commercial business development efforts and marketing for CyPhy Works, a market leading maker of persistent tethered drones. Ms. Helsel was formerly vice president of sales and business development for Aerovironment’s Commercial UAS business. Prior to that, she held sales and executive positions with Eclipse Management, Swift Engineering and General Motors. She holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She can be found on Twitter: @KristenAHelsel. http://www.kristenahelsel.com/
Jim Schwab has been a Police Officer with the Belmont Police Department for nearly ten years years. He was previously an Investigator with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, specializing in Computer-Related and High-Tech Crimes. He has been involved with cyber investigations and computer forensics since 2002. Jim has written numerous search warrant affidavits for electronic evidence and assisted with the execution of many more. He was assigned to the NEMLEC Computer Crimes Unit for over six years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and EnCE, ACE, Cellebrite, and Berla Certifications. He is an instructor in Identifying and Seizing Electronic Evidence, has taught at veteran In-Service Academies, and has been published in two trade publications. Jim is also the Principal of Enketi Forensics, LLC.
Marianne DeAngelus is a research staff member in the Informatics and Decision Support Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. In this role, she has developed novel data analysis capabilities for many defense applications within the intelligence, homeland security and missile defense domains. Her recent work focuses on using computer vision and machine learning technologies to develop human-in-the-loop software for law enforcement applications, including analytics for social media and video surveillance systems. Marianne holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr. Gerald R. Larocque
Dr. Gerald R. Larocque is a Technical Staff member in the Informatics and Decision Support Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. In this role, he has undertaken a wide variety of work generally focused on algorithm development, systems engineering and mathematical modeling. Currently, he is engaged in the development of a large video management infrastructure system. Dr. Larocque holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, a M.S. in Mathematics, a M.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering, a M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.