The Team

Competition Chairs

Tolga Kurtoglu - Palo Alto Research Center

Tolga Kurtoglu is a Research Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) working for the Embedded Reasoning Area (ERA) Group. His research focuses on the development of prognostic and health management technologies for complex systems, model-based diagnosis, computational design tools and optimization, automated reasoning, conceptual design theory, artificial intelligence in design, and risk and reliability engineering.

Tolga Kurtoglu has a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. degree in the same field from Carnegie Mellon University. He has published over 40 articles and papers in various journals and conferences and is an active member of ASME, AIAA, AAAI, ASEE, Design Society, and the Prognostics and Health Management Society.

Alexander Feldman - Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud

Alexander Feldman is a postdoc at Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD) and a visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Delft University of Technology and PARC (former Xerox PARC). He has obtained his Ph.D. (cum laude) in computer science/artificial intelligence and M.Sc. (cum laude) in parallel and distributed systems from the Delft University of Technology. He has published in leading conference proceedings and international journals covering topics in artificial intelligence, model-based diagnosis, and engineering. In cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center and PARC, Alexander Feldman has co-organized the International Diagnostic Competitions (DXC). Alexander Feldman's interest cover wide spectrum, including topics such as model-based diagnosis, automated problem solving, software and hardware design, design of diagnostic space applications, digital signal processing, and localization.

Organizing Committee

Scott Poll - NASA Ames Research Center

Scott Poll received the B.S.E. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1994, and the M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1995.

He is currently a Research Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, where he is the deputy lead for the Diagnostics and Prognostics Group in the Intelligent Systems Division. He is co-leading the evolution of a laboratory designed to enable the development, maturation, and benchmarking of diagnostic, prognostic, and decision technologies for system health management applications. He was previously the Associate Principal Investigator for Prognostics in the Integrated Vehicle Health Management Project in NASA’s Aviation Safety Program.

Johan de Kleer - Palo Alto Research Center

Johan de Kleer is a Principal Scientist in the Embedded Reasoning Area in PARC's Intelligent Systems Laboratory. His core interest is building a system which can reason about the physical world as well as he can. Johan received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1979 in Artificial
Intelligence. He has published widely on Qualitative Physics, Model-Based Reasoning, Truth Maintenance Systems, and Knowledge Representation. He has co-authored three books: Readings in Qualitative Physics, Readings in Model-Based Diagnosis, Building Problem Solvers. In 1987 he received the prestigious Computers and Thought Award at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He is a fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and the Association of Computing Machinery.

Sriram Narasimhan - UC Santa Cruz @ NASA Ames

Sriram Narasimhan is a Computer Scientist with University of California, Santa Cruz working as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center in the Discovery and Systems Health area. His research interests are in model-based diagnosis with a focus on hybrid and stochastic systems. He is the technical lead for the Hybrid Diagnosis Engine (HyDE) project. He received his M.S and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. He also has a M.S in Economics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

David Garcia - Palo Alto Research Center

David Garcia is a software developer in PARC's Automated Engineering Systems group, where he designs and implements software solutions for various research projects. Prior to joining PARC, David worked at NASA Ames Research Center, where he wrote software to aid research performed by the Diagnostics and Prognostics group, and led the development of the Diagnostic Competition Framework, a suite of software tools for evaluating and comparing diagnostic technologies. This framework was used successfully in two competitions, PHM Society's International Diagnostic Competition (DXC'09 and DXC'10), and will be used in the current year's competition. David received his B.S. in Mathematics from Santa Clara University, and is working towards a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Alberto González Sánchez - Delft University of Technology

Alberto González Sánchez was born in Valladolid, Spain, on March 27th, 1984. After graduating with honors from high school in 2002, he started the Bachelor in Informatics in the University of Valladolid, carrying out his graduation thesis in collaboration with the IT department of the Cortes de Castilla y León. Between 2005 and 2007, he performed his Master studies in Informatics in the University of Valladolid, carrying out his Master's Thesis at the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands. Since September 2007, he is with the Software Engineering Research Group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Delft University of Technology as a Ph.D. candidate, under the supervision of promotor Arjan J.C. van Gemund and co-supervised by Hans-Gerhard Gross.

Matthew Daigle - UC Santa Cruz @ NASA Ames Research Center

Matthew J. Daigle received the B.S. degree in Computer Science and Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
From September 2004 to May 2008, he was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, he was an intern with Mission Critical Technologies, Inc., at NASA Ames Research Center. Since June 2008, he has been with the University of California, Santa Cruz, at NASA Ames Research Center as an Associate Scientist. His current research interests include physics-based modeling, model-based diagnosis and prognosis, simulation, and hybrid systems,

Indranil Roychoudhury

Indranil Roychoudhury received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

From September 2004 to July 2009, he has been a Graduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, he was an intern with Mission Critical Technologies, Inc., at NASA Ames Resarch Center. Since August 2009, he has been with SGT, Inc., at NASA Ames Research Center as a Computer Scientist. His research interests include hybrid systems modeling, model-based diagnosis, distributed diagnosis, and Bayesian diagnosis of complex physical systems.

Rui Abreu

Rui Abreu graduated in Systems and Computer Engineering from University of Minho, Portugal, carrying out his graduation thesis project at Siemens S.A., Portugal. Between September 2002 and February 2003, Rui followed courses of the Software Technology Master Course at University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as an Erasmus Exchage Student. He was an intern researcher at Philips Research Labs, the Netherlands, between October 2004 and June 2005. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in November 2009, and he is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal. He is also with the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), USA, as a Visiting Faculty Member.