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Matthew Gaston


Software Engineering Institute Innovation Center

Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Matthew Gaston has made innovative and high impact contributions to the Intelligence Community (IC) throughout his career, and continues to do so as the Director of the new Carnegie Mellon University/Software Engineering Institute (CMU/SEI) Innovation Center (CIC). Dr. Gaston has led the establishment and growth of the CIC since January of 2011. The CIC works side by side with the IC identifying, demonstrating, evaluating, and transitioning leading edge “data-intensive scalable computing” technologies, in the computing and information sciences for critical government cyber and intelligence missions.

Dr. Gaston is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the CMU Institute for Software Research. Prior to his work as Director of CIC, Dr. Gaston was the Director of Research at Viz, a business area of General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S), where he led the research activities for the Battle Management System Division including a research portfolio that spanned command and control, intelligence analysis, information interaction and visualization, and cyber situational awareness. While at GDC4S, he served as a member of the External Advisory Board for Sandia National Laboratory’s Network Grand Challenge (NGC).

Dr. Gaston spent nearly ten years at the National Security Agency (NSA) developing and applying mission-focused analytics. He served as the Technical Director of the Advanced Analysis Laboratory (AAL) at the NSA where he led numerous activities to bring new technology and innovation to the process and practice of intelligence analysis. His AAL work included developing and applying advanced analytics, leading the development of a massive-scale network analysis system, and co-founding the Institute for Analysis. He served as a key technical advisor to several senior NSA officials including the Deputy Director of NSA and Technical Director of the Signals Intelligence Directorate.

As an officer in the US Air Force from 1998 to 2002 stationed at Fort Meade, MD, Dr. Gaston supported NSA and served as the Executive Officer of the 29th Intelligence Squadron.  He has published in the fields of complex networks, machine learning, multi-agent systems, and operations research. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.


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