Advisory Board

Dr. Aaron Kershenbaum

Aaron Kershenbaum received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineer from Polytechnic University in 1976. From 1969 to 1988, he was employed by Network Analysis Corporation, becoming Vice President for Software Development. During that time he was instrumental in the development of some of the first automated tools for the design of voice and computer communication networks. He was also instrumental in the actual design of many networks, including the ARPANET (the first computer network), NASDAQ. GEONET (the first interbank network) and the conversion of the national telephone network from analog to digital facilities.
He was a member of the Computer Science Faculty at Polytechnic University from 1978 through 1990 where he was the Director of the Network Design Laboratory and supervised over twenty Ph.D. theses in the areas of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is the author of over 80 journal and conference papers and two books on network design techniques. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
He joined IBM Research in 1990 where he stayed until 2007. While there his research was focused in the areas of concept based information retrieval, analysis of biological networks, natural language processing, anti-viral software, and computer network design.
Since 2007, he has been working with epidemiologists and oncologists at the medical schools at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania analyzing results from long term cancer studies and studying relationships between genetic variations and various forms of cancer. Most recently, he has also been studying the development of algorithms for concept-based retrieval of medical information.

Dr. Arturo Pizano

Arturo Pizano is Head of the Multimedia/Video Technology Department of Siemens Corporate Research. As part of the Central Research and Development organization of Siemens AG, his department is responsible for developing next generation multimedia technologies for integration into the company’s products, services and solutions, which include comprehensive offerings in the mobile communications field. Before joining Siemens in 1993, he worked at the Software Research Center of Ricoh Corporation.
Dr. Pizano holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, and BS degree in Actuarial Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Dr. Cesar Bandera

Cesar Bandera is a principal at Creneaux LLC, leading the company’s initiatives in e-Learning and scientific outreach. He is also responsible for Creneaux’s Government programs and contract R&D. Dr. Bandera has 25 years experience in R&D, and has served as principle investigator for over 20 Department of Defense, NASA, and National Science Foundation projects in the areas of video processing and artificial intelligence. While at Amherst Systems (a Northrop Grumman Company) and AT&T Labs, he directed the Foveal program in computer vision, which included NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Army Research Lab, Air Force Research Lab , the Office of Naval Research, and universities in Europe and the US.
For transitioning research to commercial technology, Dr. Bandera has been awarded the NASA Space Act award from Johnson Space Center, a Small Business of the Year nomination from the USAF Rome Lab, and highest distinction in the U.S. Air Force’sSmall Business Innovative Research Accomplishments Report to Congress. Dr. Bandera is on several industry and academic advisory boards, and serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bandera holds a Ph.D. and several patents in computer vision, and has over thirty publications and directed six Ph.D. dissertations on the subject.

Dr. James L. Flanagan

James Flanagan is Vice President for Research at Rutgers University. He is also Director of the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP), and Board of Governors Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Flanagan joined Rutgers after extended service in research and research management at AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research has centered in voice communications, computer techniques, compression algorithms, and electroacoustic systems. Flanagan has published approximately 200 technical papers in scientific journals. He is the author of a research text Speech Analysis, Synthesis and Perception (Springer Verlag), which has appeared in five printings and two editions, and has been translated in Russian. He holds 50 U.S. patents in his specialty fields.
Flanagan has served in officer and board positions for a number of technical societies, government and academic organizations – including the Department of Defense, National Research Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, American Institute of Physics, IEEE, Acoustical Society of America, and several universities.
Flanagan has received scientific awards which include the National Medal of Science, presented by the President of the United States, the L.M. Ericsson International Prize in Telecommunications, presented by the King of Sweden, the Edison Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Medal of the European Speech Communication Association, the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the Marconi International Fellowship, presented by the Crown Prince of Spain. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the Acoustical Society of America, and of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Paris-Sud and from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Following service in the U.S. Army, Flanagan received his B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Lawrence Rabiner

Dr. Lawrence Rabiner joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1967 as a Member of the Technical Staff. He was promoted to Supervisor in 1972, Department Head in 1985, Director in 1990, and Functional Vice President in 1995. He joined the newly created AT&T Labs in 1996 as Director of the Speech and Image Processing Services Research Lab, and was promoted to Vice President of Research in 1998 where he managed a broad research program in communications, computing, and information sciences technologies.
Dr. Rabiner retired from AT&T at the end of March 2002 and is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, and the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP) at Rutgers.
Dr. Rabiner is co-author of four books on digital signal processing and speech recognition. He has written or co-authored over 300 articles and has been the recipient of 25 patents. He received the IEEE’s Group on Audio and Electroacoustics’ Paper Award, the Achievement Award; the Emanuel R. Piore Award, the ASSP Society Award; the Centennial Medal, and the SPS Magazine Award. Dr. Rabiner is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the IEEE, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T. He is a former President of the IEEE Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing Society, a former Vice-President of the Acoustical Society of America, a former editor of the ASSP Transactions, and a former member of the IEEE Proceedings Editorial Board.
Dr. Rabiner received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Richard V. Cox

Richard V. Cox joined the Acoustics Research Department of Bell Laboratories in 1979. He has conducted research in the areas of speech coding, digital signal processing, analog voice privacy, audio coding, real-time implementations, speech recognition, and speech enhancement. In 1987 he was promoted to Supervisor of the Digital Principles Research Group and in 1992 he was appointed Department Head of the Speech Coding Research Department of AT&T Bell Labs. In 1996 he joined AT&T Labs as Division Manager of the Speech Processing Software & Technology Research Department and in 2000 he was appointed Speech and Image Processing Services Research Vice-President. In 2002 as part of a re-organization, he was appointed Voice Enabled Services Research Vice-President.
Dr. Cox was awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal and in 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Dr. Cox is a Fellow of the IEEE and is currently President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Dr. Cox received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Electrical Engineering.