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Security Clearance: Secret through June 1997
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Jan 2001 to June 2002, Principal Analyst, Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), Dulles, VA
I worked on the DARPA contract ULTRALOG, which was for development of an agent based system to support total management of the military logistics pipeline with integrated operational planning. I served on five working groups and funneled relevant information to the appropriate LATA consultants who had been especially hired for the project. LATA had responsibility for determining whether the UltraLog system would meet the functional requirements of the contract. Two of the LATA consultants predicted the ultimate failure of UltraLog with its twenty prime contractors and which was the five year extension of a previous five-year contract. I also did financial and budgetary planning for the LATA contract.
Dec 1999 to Sept 2000: Research Associate, Center for Secure Information Systems. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
I worked on contract to analyze host-based vulnerabilities of computer systems. I had the responsibility to develop a database that categorized different types of vulnerabilities. I wrote Pearl scripts to automate the retrieval of vulnerability data from operating system developers such as Microsoft and Red Hat. I used MS Access as the front end to MySQL with a socket-based interface.I also had primary responsibility for writing several interim reports for the contractor.
July 1997 to Oct 1999: Senior Researcher in the Laboratory for Integrated Knowledge Systems (LINKS), Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland College Park, MD
I did software development in support of HERMES (Heterogeneous Reasoning and Mediator System, a multiple-database interoperability system) and IMPACT (Interactive Maryland Platform for Agents Collaborating Together, an agent development environment).
I wrote an API for an off-road route planner (that I had previously written) and linked it to HERMES so that HERMES could ask queries relating to route planning. .
I wrote a socket-based software system that connected to five servers of the Army Research Laboratories' Combat Information Processor (CIP) and to the HERMES server. Software monitored CIP battlefield simulations for combination of events which would trigger actions to be taken. System was controlled by a rule base in an external file. Software was written so as to ease translation into the IMPACT environment as soon as it becomes available.
I wrote a three-agent system consisting of a flight path monitor, a GPS agent that detected deviations (generated by a semi-random noise function) from the flight path and a terrain agent that used an elevation database to insure that course corrections would not cause a controlled flight into terrain. A display showed the current location of the aircraft on the map and a profile of the flight path above the terrain as the air- craft progressed along its path. The plan was to progress to a multi-aircraft system in the IMPACT environment.
I developed a route-planning algorithm that generates multipath solutions within the A* algorithm, thereby allowing simultaneous constraints on the paths to be satisfied (Ref 2 below).
Programming languages I used were the HERMES programming language, C, C++ and Lisp.
Work required knowledge of predicate calculus and advanced logic, database systems, geographic data, battlefield doctrine and programming languages.
1994-June 1997: Computer Scientist (GS-14) in the Modeling and Simulation Division of the Topographic Engineering Center. Continued previous work on route planning and decision aids. Wrote papers in collaboration with Dr. Iyengar of LSU and Dr. Subrahmanian of UMD. One paper was nominated for best paper at conference.
1989-1994: Chief of the Center for Artificial Intelligence of the Research Institute, U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center . Position was one-half supervisory and one-half technical continuing the work described in the following paragraph. Also collaborated with Dr. Randolph Franklin of Renssaeler Polytechnical Insti-tute. The Research Institute was abolished in 1994.
1980-1989: Electronics Engineer in the Center for Artificial Intelligence of the Research Institute, U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center . Performed AI research applied to decision aids related to terrain reasoning with an emphasis on off-road route planning. Long term traineeship at the University of Maryland, Promoted to GS-14 in 1988 with position title changed to computer scientist.
1972-1980: Electronics Engineer in the Center for Coherent Optics of the Research Institute, U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center . Performed research in hybrid optical-digital research applied to topographic mapping.
1971-1972: Long Term Training at the University of Michigan: Studied Electrical Engineering and electro-optics.
1964-1971: Electronics Engineer in the Advanced System Branch, US Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories) (now renamed US Army Topographic Engineering Center): Entered as GS7, promoted to GS-13 in 1970. Worked in areas of synthetic aperture radar (including interferometric), coherent optical processing of the radar data, Fortran, and assembly language programming on a mini-computer.
New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1959-60 (Early admissions student)
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1960-64, BSEE
George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1967-70, MSEE, part-time.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971-72, Long Term Traineeship, Electrical Engineering.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1979-83, Computer Science, part-time.
John James, Brian Sayrs, V.S. Subrahmanian, John Benton, Uncertainty Management: Keeping Battlespace Visualization Honest, 3rd Annual Federated Laboratory Basic Research Symposium, February, 1999, pp. 273-277
V.S. Subrahmanian, John Benton, Sam Chamberlain, Timothy J. Rogers, Guatam Thaker, Charlene Todd, MC2: A Mediated Communication Center, 2nd Annual Federated Laboratory Basic Research Symposium, February, 1998, pp. 141-146
John R. Benton, S.S. Iyengar, Weian Deng, Nathan Brener, and V.S. Subrahmanian,, Tactical Route Planning: New Algorithms for Decomposing the Map, IEEE International Conference on Tools for AI, 1995, Nov. 6-8 1995, Herndon, VA, 268-277. Also in International Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools (1996), Vol. 5, Nos. 1 & 2 (1996) 199-218.
John R. Benton, James Lu, and V.S. Subrahmanian,, A Constraint-Based System for Siting of Air Defense Missile Batteries, Presented at 63rd MORS Conference, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1995.
John R. Benton, S.S. Iyengar, Weian Deng, Nathan Brener, and V.S. Subrahmanian, Fine-Grained Terrain Data: New Computational Challenge for Route Planning, Draft Manuscript, 1995 (46 pages).
John R. Benton and V.S. Subrahmanian, Automated Site Selection of Air Defense Missile Batteries, abstract, Proceeding, Army Science Conference, Orlando FL, June 1994, pp. 141-148.
John R. Benton and V.S. Subrahmanian, Using Hybrid Knowledge Bases for Missile Siting Problems, June, 1993, Technical Report, University of Maryland Computer Science Dept. Also in Proceedings, Tenth Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Applications, IEEE Computer Society, San Antonio, TX, (1994).
John R. Benton, ``Automated Terrain Reasoning will Furnish Commanders with Fast, Effective Planning Tools,'' Tech Tran, USAETL, 16 2 (Spring 1991)
John R. Benton, ``Automated Terrain Reasoning,'' AI Exchange, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, (Winter, 1991)
Anne Brink, John R. Benton,, "Hierarchical Route Planner," Army Science Conference Proceedings, 1990.
John R. Benton, Anne Brink , "Quadtrees, X Windows and Predicting Minefields", presented at National Computer Graphics Conference - GIS89, Los Angeles, 1989.
Critical Investment Strategy Guidance for Artificial Intelligence Development in Support of the Realistic Battlefield, a Report on the Workshops on Artificial Intelligence Research for Exploitation of the Battle field Environment, 17-18 November 1988, El Paso, Texas, Edited by Paul Try and John Benton.
John R. Benton, "A Report on the Automated Terrain Reasoning Workshop," Proceedings of the DOD Environmental Technical Exchange Conference on Mesoscale Phenomenon, (1989).
Proceedings of the U.S. Army Symposium on Artificial Intelligence Research for Exploitation of the Battlefield Environment, Nov. 15-15, 1988, El Paso Texas, edited by John Benton.
John R. Benton, "Hierarchical Route Planner," Applications of Artificial Intelligence VI, 937, SPIE, (1988).
John R. Benton, "Artificial Intelligence Draws New Interest," ETL Tech Tran, 12 2 (1987).
John R. Benton, Automated Route Finder for Multiple Tank Columns, ETL Report no. ETL-0480, (1987).
J. R. Benton, Francis Corbett, Richard Tuft, "The Engineer Topographic Laboratories (ETL) Hybrid Optical Digital Image Processor," Devices and Systems for Optical Signal Processing, 218, SPIE, (1980).
John R. Benton, "Contour Generation Using Fourier Transform Filters," Coherent Optics in Mapping, 45 SPIE, 1974.
John R. Benton, Simulation Experiments of the Universal Radar Signal Processor (Correlator) Using Computer Generated Holograms, Masters Degree Thesis, George Washington University, 46 pages (1970)
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IEEE Computer Society