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Charles River Announces Promotions

At a company meeting held on April 27, 2007, Dr. Greg Zacharias, President of Charles River Analytics, announced the promotions of two key employees.

Ms. Karen Harper was promoted to Senior Vice President of Government Services from her prior role as Vice President – Cognitive Systems Division. In addition to this new position, she will also continue to contribute as a Principal Scientist. Ms. Harper leads Charles River’s Government Services business area, directing the research and development activities of our three technical divisions: Cognitive Systems, Decision Management Systems, and Sensor Processing and Networking Systems. In her role as Principal Scientist, she leads projects focused on the simulation of human behavior, at both the individual and organizational levels, and the development of advanced human/computer interfaces (HCIs) for complex command and control systems. She is responsible for the continuing development and application of Charles River’s agent-based model of human behavior, now known as AgentWorks. Ms. Harper received the B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1995, and the MS degree from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Boston University in 1997. Her graduate research focused on robotics and control, specifically biologically-inspired robot locomotion.

Dr. Jonathan Pfautz was promoted to Vice President of Cognitive Systems and will continue to serve as a Principal Scientist. Dr. Pfautz said, “I’m delighted to be moving into a position that allows me to increasingly mentor younger scientists as our business continues to grow. Charles River’s success has long been a function of our ability to find truly remarkable individuals and I’m excited to be involved in their growth as scientists and engineers.”

Dr. Pfautz leads research and development projects focused on the application of Cognitive Science and Engineering to complex computational systems. This work spans research in modeling human perceptual, cognitive, organizational, and social processes; design of multimodal human-computer interfaces; development of intelligent decision-support tools; and application of user-centered design practices in the implementation and distribution of software systems. This work has led to numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as to successful deployment of both commercial and government software products. Dr. Pfautz holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Science from MIT. He maintains his relationship with MIT as a Research Affiliate with MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, where he focused on improving human perception of depth in computer-generated imagery.

Charles River congratulates Ms. Harper and Dr. Pfautz on their promotions.

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