Donald E. Brown
W.S. Calcott Professor
Dr. Brown is Professor of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dr. Brown served as an officer in the U.S. Army and later worked at Vector Research, Inc. on projects in medical information processing and multi-sensor surveillance systems. He is now President of Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. which provides data analysis and technical services for numerous private and governmental organizations. He serves on the National Research Council Committee on Transportation Security has served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on High Performance Computing and Crisis Management and on the NRC Committee on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Security. He is a past member of the Joint Directors of Laboratories Group on Data Fusion and a former Fellow at the National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center.
Dr. Brown has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for over 70 research contracts with federal, state, and private organizations. He has over 100 published papers and two edited books. His research focuses on data fusion, statistical learning, and predictive modeling with applications to security and safety.
Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the IEEE and a past President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is the recipient of the Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Research in the areas of systems engineering, data fusion, and information analysis. He has also received an Outstanding Contribution Award from that society and the IEEE Millennium Medal. The student chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering has named him the best undergraduate teacher three years in a row (2001, 2002, and 2003). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans . He has served on the administrative committee of the IEEE Neural Networks Council. He is coeditor of the books, Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem Solving Strategies and Intelligent Scheduling Systems. He is also past-Chairman of the Operations Research Society of America Technical Section on Artificial Intelligence and he is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from that Society. Dr. Brown's students have won competitions in the Omega Rho honor society, the IEEE, the Brunswick Society, and the Operations Research Society of America.
- data mining
- data fusion
- predictive modeling
- response surface methods
- agent based simulation
Applications for his research include:
- crime analysis
- transportation routing and scheduling
- facility design
- process planning
- target recognition
- software engineering
- medical decision making
- statistical process control
- environmental guidance systems
- Data Fusion Systems (funded by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
- Feature Extraction from Satellite Imagery (funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and Battelle)
- Automated Oil Spill Planning, Communication, and Response (funded by the National Park Service)
- Crime Prevention Information and Analysis System (funded by the Virginia State Department of Criminal Justice Services)
- Induction Models for Fatigue Prediction in Helicopters (funded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command)
- Hagen, S. and Brown, D., "Data association methods with applications to law enforcement ", Decision Support Systems, 34, pp. 369-378, 2002.
- Nougues, P. and Brown, D., " We know where you are going: tracking objects in terrain ", IMA Journal of Mathematics Applied in Business & Industry, 8, pp. 39-58, 1997.