Areté Fellows

Dr. Charles Forsyth

Dr. Charles Forsyth was educated at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he earned his B.S. and his Ph.D. in Physics. His doctoral thesis was entitled “A Quark Model of the Non-Strange Baryons.” Following his Doctoral studies, he spent three years in the experimental high-energy physics group at Carnegie Mellon. Since joining Areté Associates in 1981, Dr. Forsyth has led an eclectic set of applied and research topics, ranging from in situ oceanographic measurements to remote sensing of the Earth’s surface. He currently is the Business Area Lead for Under Sea Dominance.

Dr. Robert Lindgren

Dr. Robert Lindgren attended the University of Minnesota as a Hertz Scholar majoring in Chemical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from Caltech with a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. His thesis research focused on a theoretical analysis of the positive column of a gas discharge. He conducted postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering. Dr. Lindgren spent nine years at R & D Associates (RDA), where he investigated a wide range of nuclear effects and worked as an analyst on strategic weapons systems. Since joining Areté Dr. Lindgren in 1982, has focused on the design and implementation of search, detect, track, and discrimination algorithms. He developed Areté’s Bayesian Field Tracking approach. He has published and has presented on such topics as detection/tracking, mathematical theory of evidential reasoning, and neural nets.

Dr. James Murray

Dr. James Murray earned his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences (Laser Physics) from the University of Arizona in 1996. He has over 20 years of experience in laser and electro-optics research and development. He is the Principal Investigator and Program Manager for multiple laser and active EO system development programs. Dr. Murray is the author of the laser and laser radar systems design and modeling software packages – Lasica and GLAM. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and has served on selection and review committees for several national and international conferences. He is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for SENSIAC, U.S. Military Sensing Information Analysis Center, for lasers and laser radar systems.

Mr. Randy Potter

Mr. Randy Potter advises and influences corporate research and development investment on
innovative and disruptive technologies. Since arriving at Areté in 1981, Mr. Potter has led numerous activities implementing and extending Areté signal processing capabilities to a wide range of signal detection and pattern recognition principles. Most recently, Mr. Potter has been working to apply novel processing techniques to optical systems. He is the holder of eight patents. He is a regular participant on numerous government panels and serves as the senior adviser for several Navy programs.

Dr. Lawrence Thebaud

Dr. Lawrence Thebaud earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he graduated as salutatorian. He then earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 1971, with a thesis in elementary particle theory. He continued his research in particle theory and taught physics at the University of Arizona, Florida State University and Penn State University. Dr. Thebaud joined Areté shortly after its inception. At Areté he conducted original research in modeling and signal processing related to the remote sensing of the ocean. A significant part of these efforts was the modeling of radar scatter and the imaging of rough and dynamic surfaces. He has dealt with and codified subsurface and surface ocean dynamics and sensor responses, with applications to radar, passive visible and infrared optics, subsurface LiDAR and sonar. He has led the design and optimization of detection algorithms dealing with very small signals distributed over many degrees of freedom. He was awarded a patent for the fingerprint detection algorithm that became the core technology for the Areté spin-off, Biometric Identification, Inc.

Dr. David Wasson

Dr. David Wasson earned his B.S. in Physics from University of Maryland College Park. He then earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech. Dr. Wasson joined Areté in October 1993. He is responsible for oversight of advanced image and signal processing technology thrusts within the company. These thrusts range from fundamental algorithm development to the creation of rapid software prototypes. Dr. Wasson specializes in target detection, characterization and identification in complex environments. Additionally, Dr. Wasson is heavily entrenched in Areté’s statistical and artificial intelligence knowledge based inference technology areas providing technical direction and program leadership to numerous programs and technical staff.