Former Naval Postgraduate School Department of Computer Science Professor Craig Martell has been selected as the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO).
Dr. Martell brings extensive industry experience and expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
As the CDAO, Dr. Martell will serve as the department’s senior official responsible for accelerating the adoption of data, analytics, digital solutions, and AI functions to generate decision advantage from the boardroom to the battlefield.
“Advances in AI and machine learning are critical to delivering the capabilities we need to address key challenges both today and into the future,” explained Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks.
“With Craig’s appointment, we hope to see the department increase the speed at which we develop and field advances in AI, data analytics, and machine-learning technology.”
“He brings cutting-edge industry experience to apply to our unique mission set.”
Most recently Dr. Martell served as the head of machine learning for Lyft, previously was head of machine learning at Dropbox, as well as having led a number of AI teams and initiatives at LinkedIn.
Prior to LinkedIn, Mr. Martell specialized in natural language processing as a tenured computer science professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), whose Center for Homeland Defense and Security was recognized for ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’ in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
Dr. Martell served at NPS for nearly 12 years where in addition to his work on natural language recognition, he focused on the application of machine learning and data-mining in the development of pioneering analysis tools supporting DOD objectives.
Dr. Craig Martell, former NPS Computer Science Professor and senior @lyft and @LinkedIn leader in #MachineLearning tapped to serve as @DeptofDefense‘s new Chief Digital and #ArtificialIntelligence Officer. @DoDJAIC https://t.co/Mg4nLIl8zF
— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) April 27, 2022
Since departing NPS in 2015, Martell has served as an executive leader in machine learning for Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Lyft, among others.
The CDAO office was stood up in February to elevate digital and AI strategy development and policy formulation to the secretary and deputy secretary, while also ensuring unity of mission and tighter integration for the department’s enterprise-wide data, AI, and cyber organizations.
The establishment of the CDAO is an important step forward in the DoD’s effort to become more innovative and will draw upon lessons learned from the past few years, and industry best practices to seize a clear opportunity to improve alignment and synchronization.
(Great information here featuring Dr. Martell on ‘Coded Bias Panel Discussion – Examining Algorithmic Injustice.’ Courtesy of Northeastern University — Vancouver and YouTube. Posted on Dec 8, 2020.)
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is a public graduate school operated by the United States Navy and located in Monterey, California.
NPS offers master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 70 fields of study to the U.S. Armed Forces, DOD civilians, and international partners.
Established in 1909, the school also offers research fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral level through the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) research associateship program.
(What is the Naval Postgraduate School? A community of defense leaders, educators, and researchers developing warrior talent and solving problems for decisive advantage at sea. NPS is Responsive, Applied, Interdisciplinary, Innovative, Classified, and Secure. NPS is Immediate Impact • Future Advantage • Enduring Leadership. Learn more at www.nps.edu.)
The school’s strategic plan positions the Naval Postgraduate School to provide world-class education and research programs to the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and their partners, building on our unique capabilities and strengths in our contemporary strategic environment.
Over the next five years, in cooperation with their curriculum and research sponsors, NPS will continue to provide the highest quality, defense-focused programs of education and research. Our plan organizes our actions around the following three main strategic themes.
Theme 1: Emerging Fields
The military operational environment is shaped by rapidly advancing technologies triggering avalanches of sudden and disruptive change.
Technology is digitalizing everything and connecting everyone with everything.
These changes set conditions for rapidly shifting political alliances, intractable insurgencies, and contests for every shared resource on the planet.
NPS commits itself to staying ahead of these emerging changes with new facilities and programs.
Theme 2: Interdisciplinary Programs
The Naval Postgraduate School’s departments and schools reflect the main concentrations of disciplinary expertise we have assembled to support our mission.
All the strategic challenges faced by the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the rest of the Department of Defense, intersect with multiple academic disciplines.
NPS commits itself to addressing defense challenges by expanding its collaborative work with industry and other government organizations, and its education and research benefit from this diversity of perspectives.
Theme 3: Institutional Effectiveness
NPS must function as a university with the highest academic standards, operating within the context of federal rules and laws.
NPS commits itself to a constant search for improvement and cost-effectiveness in its business, education, and research processes.
NPS looks internally for improvements as well as to industry and other government organizations for ideas and best practices that can improve its effectiveness.
To Learn More about the Naval Postgraduate School, please visit nps.edu.
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