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Hendler Appointed to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
Rensselaer Professor James Hendler recently was named to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), a 52-member federal panel of the nation’s top scientists from academia, industry, and national laboratories.
Hendler was tapped for the SAB, in part, for his expertise in cyberwarfare, network security, military information systems, and Web science. He is senior constellation professor of the Tetherless World Research Constellation and assistant dean for information technology. Hendler also serves as a director of the international Web Science Research Initiative.

The SAB advises the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff on scientific and technical issues. SAB members typically are invited to serve a single four-year term. For Hendler, that invitation came in 1998. He served through 2002 and, in recognition of his contributions, was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. In 2007, Hendler assisted with an SAB study on “Implications of Cyberwarfare.” Earlier this year, in an unusual move — and one that acknowledges his scientific leadership — Hendler was nominated to join the full board for a second four-year term.

“I’m very excited about my work on the Web, particularly its social and technological implications. But I also realize that my contributions as a member of the SAB have the greatest potential to help determine the kind of world my daughter will grow up in,” Hendler said.

“Traditionally, when people think of military technologies, they think about bombers and weaponry,” he added. “In September 2001, it became clear that terrorism will be the major threat in the coming decades, and that our work in information science could be critical in countering biological, chemical, and cyber terrorism.”

Hendler received a bachelor’s in computer science and artificial intelligence from Yale University, a master’s in cognitive psychology and human factors engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a master’s and doctorate in computer science and artificial intelligence from Brown University. He has written more than 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, agent-based computing, and high-performance processing. He is a fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and the British Computer Society, editor-in-chief emeritus of the journal IEEE Intelligent Systems, and the first computer scientist to serve as a reviewing editor for the journal Science. Hendler also is a past recipient of a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (1995) and former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 11, October 23, 2009
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