Dr. James Wall, Executive Director
Dr. Wall is a retired Army Acquisition Corps officer with 22 years of service. His last Army assignment was as a Senior Computer Scientist with the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He has extensive experience in command and control systems, distributed simulation environments, and virtual reality applications. A large portion of his current research is related to establishing requirements and developing simulations to support incident management training and emergency response. Dr. Wall holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in System Technology (Command, Control, and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School. In October 2005, Dr. Wall was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Keith Biggers, Director of Computing and Information Technology
Dr. Biggers is the director of the Computing and Information Technology group for the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, which falls under the purview of The Texas A&M University System. His focus is on the development of simulation to support large-scale training exercises, tools for supporting command and control and the decision-making process, and visual analytics. He has led the development of the Emergency Management Exercise System (EM*ES), a constructive simulation that has been used to train over 7,000 responders from around the United States. He has also led the development of various information dashboards providing users with a common operating picture. These dashboards are being used in an operational context by several agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.
During his eleven years with TCAT, Dr. Biggers has both led and been involved in numerous projects supporting the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. In general these projects involve the integration of cutting edge technology to solve challenging real-world problems. These projects range from the integration of intelligent agents into battlefield simulation, to tools for configuration management of battlefield functional area system software, to tools for managing/collecting/analyzing data during large-scale distributed exercises, and the reconstruction of virtual representations of complex real-world environment for use in simulation.
Dr. Biggers received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Texas Wesleyan University.