Executive Leadership

Craig Knoblock, Ph.D.

Keston Executive Director

Prior to serving as ISI's Michael Keston Executive Director, Knoblock was the director of ISI’s Artificial Intelligence division, one of the United States’ largest and most respected artificial intelligence (AI) laboratories, which spans the full range of AI expertise. In this appointment, Knoblock led a team of 31 highly regarded researchers working on leading-edge projects.

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Stephen Crago, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Director, Computational Systems and Technology Division

Stephen Crago, ISI's associate director, is responsible for managing projects and relationships with a select set of sponsors. He is also the director of ISI’s Computational Systems and Technology division, which seeks to solve complex science, engineering and defense problems through novel supercomputing and other approaches.

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James Whalen

Associate Director

Chief Financial Officer

James Whalen, ISI Associate Director, and Chief Financial Officer leads the Administrative Services division at ISI, an organization committed to providing world class support to the Institute's research community. Achieving this objective is the result of attracting, developing and retaining an excellent team of committed, skilled and knowledgeable individuals in the areas of pre- and post-award.

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Yigal Arens, Ph.D.

Senior Director for Administrative Affairs

Director, Emerging Activities Group

Yigal Arens, ISI’s senior director for administrative affairs, oversees administrative operations, working closely with division leaders to foster a culture of excellence in operational performance.

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Terry Benzel

Director, Networking and Cybersecurity Division

Terry Benzel leads several major cybersecurity research initiatives, including cyber-education, cyber-experimentation ecosystems and tools, and strategic global partnering for cybersecurity.

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Elizabeth Boschee

Senior Supervising Computer Scientist

Research Team Leader

Director of ISI's Boston (MA) Office

Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Division

Elizabeth Boschee is the director of ISI’s Boston office, the associate director of ISI's AI division, and a research team leader focusing on information extraction and language understanding technology.    

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Yolanda Gil, Ph.D.

Viterbi Director for Major Strategic AI and Data Science Initiatives

Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies and Associate Division Director at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences.

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Carl Kesselman, Ph.D.

Director, Informatics Systems Research Division

Carl Kesselman leads ISI's Informatics Systems Research division. Created to help transform the discovery processes, practice and delivery of healthcare worldwide.

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Eileen Lu

Chief Information Officer

Director, Computing and Information Services

As Chief Information Officer of ISI, Eileen Lu provides the vision and leadership in information technology necessary to advance the Institute’s research mission and direction.

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Derek Mikuriya, MBA

Director, Human Resources

In his role Director of Human Resources for ISI, Derek will implement HR strategies focusing on talent attraction, talent development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

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Pedro Szekely, Ph.D.

Director, Artificial Intelligence Division

Pedro Szekeley leads ISI’s Artificial Intelligence division. He is also a research director for ISI’s Data Science and Machine Learning group and a research associate professor.

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John Wroclawski

Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives

As ISI’s senior director for strategic initiatives, John works with leaders and researchers across the institute to create a diverse research portfolio and develop new, boundary-spanning initiatives.

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