Robert Hummel is Chief Scientist at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, an independent science and technology policy research institute in the United States. In his role, he directs studies for government clients, oversees S&T aspects of the institute, and ensures the studies, reports and publications of the institute reflect the highest standards in science, technology and policy.
He is also member of the Center for Revolution Scientific Thought (CReST), Potomac Institute's futures group, which harbors individuals from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a complete outlook on the futures of science and technology from an academic and policy perspective.
Earlier, Dr. Hummel served the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a program manager for nearly nine years, managing and initiating projects in information exploitation, computer science and sensor design.
In 2005, he received the DARPA Director’s Award. The following year, he joined the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton as a Principal, where he worked with groups serving the Intelligence Community (IARPA), as well as with the commercial arm of the firm (which became Booz and Co.).
He is a co-founder of the U.S. Technology Leadership Council, a nonprofit industry association.
Dr. Hummel’s doctorate is in Mathematics, but his academic career spans various aspects of computer science, engineering, and mathematics, especially in the computer vision subfield of artificial intelligence. He was a faculty member at New York University’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences from 1980 to 1997. He served as Director of the master’s program in computer science and developed and started a master’s program in Information Systems.