Dr. David Bell

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Dr. David Bell is Director of the USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS), and is the USRA Program Manager for the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab collaboration between USRA, Google and NASA’s Ames Research Center. David also serves as the Chief Technologist of the NASA Academic Mission Services contract, focusing on enabling R&D collaborations between universities, industry and NASA in a range of domains including quantum computing, machine learning, autonomous systems, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.  Prior to working with USRA, David worked for ten years as a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, in the Scientific & Engineering Reasoning Area of the Systems and Practices Lab. At Xerox, he conducted multi-disciplinary research with computer scientists developing novel artificial intelligence software and social scientists who studied work practices of organizations. David also held an appointment at MIT where he led a research program in the Center for Innovation in Product Development. In this capacity, David led a research program involving faculty and students at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the MIT School of Engineering, and the Stanford Management Science & Engineering and Design Research programs.  Partner organizations included the U.S. Navy, ITT Industries, IBM, General Motors, Ford and others.  David received his Ph.D. from Cornell University with a dissertation on the dynamics of product development processes, is co-inventor on multiple patents, and author of around 30 papers.