Carnegie Mellon University

IDeaS Center Leadership

We work to develop a national community of scholars, practitioners and policymakers who work together to develop the theories, applications, educational practices and policies needed to foster an informed democratic society in a cybermediated environment.

Kathleen Carley

Dr. Kathleen M. Carley

Professor Computer Science, Institute for Software Research

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dr. Carley is a Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research, IEEE Fellow, and Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) and and Director of the center for Informed DEmocracy And Socialcybersecurity (IDeaS) of the Center for at Carnegie Mellon University. She
joined Carnegie Mellon in 1984 as Assistant Professor Sociology and Information Systems. In 1990 she became Associate Professor of Sociology and Organizations, in 1998 Professor of Sociology, Organizations, and Information Technology, and in 2002, attained her current role as Professor of Computation, Organization, and Society. She
is also the CEO of Carley Technologies Inc. aka Netanomics.

Dr. Carley’s research combines cognitive science, sociology, and computer science to address complex social and organizational issues. Her most notable research contribution was the establishment of Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) – and the associated theory and methodology for examining large high‐dimensional time variant networks. Her research on DNA has resulted in tools for analyzing large‐scale dynamic networks and various multi‐agent simulation systems. She has led the development of tools for extracting sentiment, social and semantic networks from social media and other textual data (AutoMap & NetMapper), simulating epidemiological models (BioWar), and
simulating changes in beliefs and practice given information campaigns (Construct). Her ORA system is one of the premier network analysis and visualization technologies supporting geo‐temporal analysis of social network and high‐dimensional/meta‐network data. It includes special features for handling small and big data, social media data, and network dynamics. It is used worldwide. Illustrative projects include assessment of fake news and social cyber‐security threats, IRS outreach, impact of NextGen on airline rererouting, counter‐terrorism modeling, counter‐narcotics modeling, health analytics, and social media based assessment of crises such as Benghazi, Darfur, and the Arab Spring.

David Danks

Dr. David Danks

Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Philosophy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

David Danks is L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an associate/adjunct member of: the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy (CMU); the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CMU); the Center for Advanced Study of Language (Univ. of Maryland); and both the Department of History & Philosophy of Science and Center for Philosophy of Science (Univ. of Pittsburgh).

His research interests are principally at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, as he integrates ideas, methods, and frameworks from each to advance our understanding of complex, cross-disciplinary problems. His book Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models (2014, The MIT Press) developed an integrated (computational) cognitive architecture that provides a unified account of disparate types of human cognition. It uses frameworks from machine learning to weave together concepts and theories from cognitive science, all in service of developing answers to foundational, philosophical questions. Most recently, he has been examining ethical, psychological, and policy issues that arise around the introduction of autonomous technologies (such as self-driving cars), with the aim of ensuring that our practices remain human-centric, rather than technology-centric. This work extends across many domains, including transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security, and engages with academic, government, and industry groups.

Douglas Sicker

Dr. Douglas Sicker

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dr. Douglas C. Sicker has held various positions in academia, industry and government. Doug is currently the Department Head and professor of Engineering and Public Policy with a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Doug also serves as the Executive Director of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) and the Chief Strategist of CMMB Vision.

 Previously, Doug was the DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in, and director of, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Doug recently served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Advisor for Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Doug also served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and prior to this he served as a senior advisor on the FCC National Broadband Plan. Earlier he was Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc. In the late 1990s, Doug served as Chief of the Network Technology Division at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

Doug is a member of the IEEE, the ACM and the Internet Society. He served as 1) an advisor to the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice; 2) the Chair of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council steering committee, an FCC federal advisory committee that focuses on network reliability, wire line spectral integrity and Internet peering and interconnection; 3) an advisor on the Technical Advisory Council of the FCC. He served as a chair in the IEEE P1900 working group and was involved in developing contributions to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He has served as the chair of several conferences as well as on numerous program committees. Doug has published extensively in the fields of networking, wireless systems, network security and network policy and has maintained a well-funded research program through NSF, DARPA and other sources.