Lindi Liao, Ph.D.

President & Chief Scientist, COMStar Technology Institute

Dr. Liao is the President & Chief Scientist of COMStar Computing Technology Institute.  In recent years, she also served as Sr. Director of Tech Research at a world-class giant finance company of 'Fortune Global 30' and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at a high-tech education Group.
She has 20+ years of in-depth academic & industrial R&D experience and 10+ years of leadership & management experience. Her technical interests focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning (DL), Machine Learning (ML), big data computing, self-driving cars, Computer Vision (CV), visualization, VR/AR, robotics, real-time embedded systems, and GIS as well as technology commercialization. She has developed many related projects and products for federal governments, industries, and universities. Especially in recent years, she has led the team to propose the latest groundbreaking intelligent Big Data Computing technology based on a new type of brain computational model (a new AI/DL) that has attracted more attentions nowadays in comparison with existing traditional Big Data & AI technologies. She has also launched and led several labs/institutes in AI & Big Data, VR/AR, imaging & Vis, FinTech, EduTech, etc., recruited and built multiple research teams around the world.
Dr. Liao has authorized nearly 100 publications, including one book chapter on Big Data Computing, and two technical books on GPU-based R&A and 3D/VR OpenGL programming. She has served as PhD co-advisor on the doctoral dissertation committees at George Washington University , adjunct professor at George Mason University, technical advisor and funding committee member for several federal agencies.  She also served as conference general chair of COM.* Conferences and Summits ( COM.BigData, COM.DriverlessCar, COM.Geo), and edited five IEEE/ACM Proceedings.   She is a member of ACM and IEEE and serves as a technical reviewer for conferences and journals. She has given many invited talks to governments, universities, and leading industries (AMD, Siemens, etc.).
Dr. Liao ever worked at the National Labs/Research Center of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) for many years. When she worked at ESRI, a world-class GIS company, she developed the first version of Stereo Viewer for its world-leading GIS product -- ArcGIS. When she was a young student, she invented the high-resolution quad-buffered 3D stereographic accelerators based on PC with 3D Labs' earliest single PC graphics chips. She was an early pioneer in designing and developing this kind of the accelerator product series and various kinds of innovative high-resolution PC-VR systems. She also independently developed many novel algorithms and source code on 3D/VR/CV/GIS, which have been widely used in hundreds of institutions around 20+ countries, including NASA.
She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from George Washington University and Purdue University, respectively.

Simon Y. Berkovich, Ph.D.

Sr. Principal Research Scientist,  COMStar Technology Institute
Professor Emeritus,  Department of Computer Science, George Washington Unversity

Professor Simon Berkovich played a leading role in a number of research and development projects on the design of advanced hardware and software systems. Those projects include construction of superconductive associative memory, development of large information systems for economics, investigation of computer communications for multiprocessor systems, and enhancement of information retrieval procedures. His recent research focuses on Big Data Computing based on brain computing. Dr. Berkovich has several hundred professional publications in various areas of physics, electronics, computer science, and biological cybernetics. He is an author of six books and holds 30 patents. Among his inventions is a method for dynamic file construction that later become known as B-tree and extendible hashing. In 2002, he was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences "for an outstanding contribution to computer science and the development of fundamental computational algorithms". Professor Berkovich received an M.S. in Applied Physics from Moscow Physical-Technical Institute and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Institute of Precision Mechanics and Computer Technology of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Christoph M. Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University

Prof. Hoffmann is well-known for his research in geometric modeling and applications. A proponent of rigorous semantics, he articulated the robustness problem hindering shape computations and worked out procedural semantics for form features in CAD systems, through a neutral representation. This work also included addressing the persistent naming problem and geometric constraint solving. Professor Hoffmann is the author of Group-Theoretic Algorithms and Graph Isomorphism, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 136, Springer-Verlag and of Geometric and Solid Modeling: An Introduction, published by Morgan Kaufmann, Inc. Professor Hoffmann has received international media attention for his work simulating the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. He was awarded the Piere B├ęzier prize by the Solid Modeling Association in 2011 for his pioneering role in geometric modeling. Before joining the Purdue faculty, Professor Hoffmann taught at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has also been a visiting professor at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, West Germany (1980), and at Cornell University (1984-1986). Prof. Hoffmann received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin.