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Dr. Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Ph.D. 

Research and Development Advisor

Dubbed the “father of analytics,” Professor Hecht-Nielsen directs the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He has taught at UCSD since 1985, is a member of the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation, and is a founder of the UCSD Graduate Program in Computational Neurobiology.

Dr. Hecht-Nielsen is a pioneer in the development of neural networks and in 1989, authored the first textbook on the subject, Neurocomputing (published by Addison-Wesley). He co-founded HNC Software in 1986, and stayed with the company after it was acquired by Fair Isaac Corporation in 2002. Dr. Hecht-Nielsen is an expert on computational neurobiology, neural networks, mathematics, physics, and applied mathematics and is widely known for his ongoing innovation in these scientific arenas.

Dr. Hecht-Nielsen is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and received the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award. He also earned the ECE Graduate Teaching Award at UCSD where he has taught a popular year-long graduate course sequence since 1986. In 1987, Professor Hecht-Nielsen and Professor Bart Kosko of USC founded the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Arizona State University in 1974.

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