Information Sciences Department Chair Dr. Alex Bordetsky

Dr. Alex Bordetsky is a tenured Professor of Information Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a dual appointment with the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS. Professor Bordetsky is the Director of the NPS Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX). He is a recipient of the prestigious Robert W. Hamming Interdisciplinary Research Award for the pioneering studies of collaborative technologies and adaptive networking and the Fulbright Senior Fellowship Award for the experimental studies of unconventional maritime networking. Dr. Bordetsky is the Principal Investigator for the renowned TNT MIO Military-Academic Experimentation Campaign, which is now in transformation to the Littoral and Maritime-Land CWMD operations study. His research accomplishments are featured in the AFCEA SIGNAL Magazine, Via Sat, USSOCOM Tip of the Spear Journal, Pentagon Channel, and Fulbright Newsletter.

Dr. Bordetsky publishes in major IS journals including Information Systems Research, Telecommunication Systems Modeling and Analysis, International Journal of Mobile Wireless Communications, and International Command and Control Research Journal.


Information Sciences Department Faculty

Asset Publisher

Tarek Abdel-Hamid

Professor (1986)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986

Albert Barreto

Lecturer (2006)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2011

Research Interests

Server operating systems, wireless networking, and virtualization technologies as well as Distance Learning. Research areas are moving in the direction of virtualization labs, Decision Support System integration and technologies, and Web Enabled applications.

Jane Barreto

Research Associate

Richard Bergin

Visiting Assistant Professor (2002)
M.S., University of Southern California, 1998.

Dan C. Boger

Professor, Department of Information Sciences (1979)
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1979.

Alexander Bordetsky

Chairman and Professor
Ph.D., Chelyabinsk State Technical University of Russia, 1982


Tristan Borne

Director, Center of Information Warfare and Innovation
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2012

Research Interests

IT, AI/ML, Networks, Satellite Communications

Eugene Bourakov

Research Associate (2002)
MSEE, Chelyabinsk State Technical University of Russia, 1974.

Donald Brutzman

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 1994.

Research Interests

Don Brutzman is a computer scientist and Associate Professor working in the Modeling Virtual Environments & Simulation (MOVES) Institute and Undersea Warfare Center at the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests include underwater robotics, real-time 3D computer graphics, artificial intelligence and high-performance networking. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He is a board member of non-profit Sea Lab Monterey Bay, which is designing and building a youth-oriented year-round residential science camp. He is a founding member of the non-profit Web3D Consortium Board of Directors. He organized and led the SIGGRAPH Online 2001 team, designing and developing a huge audio/video/Web/XML information architecture. Currently he leads the Extensible 3D (X3D) Working Group for the ISO X3D/VRML Specification, and directs development of the Virtual Reality Transfer Protocol (vrtp) and the Extensible Modeling and Simulation Framework (XMSF).

Raymond R. Buettner, Jr.

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003

A. Mustafa Canan

Assistant Professor
Doctor of Philosophy Old Dominion University, 2017

Research Interests

Decision Making, Information operations, Machine Learning, Situational Awareness, Shared Awareness, Complex Adaptive Behavior

Glenn R. Cook

Senior Lecturer
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1994, 2003.

Jonathan Coon

Faculty Associate--Research
B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Santa Clara University, 2017

Research Interests

Data collection, management, and dissemination systems; Automation for process improvement; Mobile and web application development; Field experimentation

Duane Davis

Research Assistant Professor
PhD, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006

Research Interests

Swarm robotics, robotic ethics, object oriented design, artificial intelligence, and aerial robotic swarms.


Lyla Englehorn

Faculty Associate – Research
M.P.P, Panetta Institute (CSUMB), 2010

Research Interests

International maritime doctrine and practice, and climate change as it impacts global security policy. 

Edward Fisher

Lecturer (2005)
M.A., California State University, 1989

Shelley P. Gallup

Research Associate Professor (1999)
Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 1998

Research Interests

Research interests are in knowledge systems, Organization development, Research methods applied to complex systems

Victor R. Garza

M.S., Golden Gate University, 2000

Research interests

Networking, wireless networking, computer security, computer virtualization and ISR

Arkady Godin

Research Associate

Susan Higgins

Lecturer (1999)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1988.

Ashley Hobson

Faculty Associate--Research
B.A., UC Irvine, 2013

Research Interests

Urban Policy, Planning and Design; Emergency Management, Field Experimentation


Thomas J. Housel

Associate Chair for Faculty Development
Ph.D., University of Utah, 1980

Steven J. Iatrou

Senior Lecturer (2000)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1992.

Cynthia Irvine

Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research
Ph.D., Case Western University, 1975

Research Interests

Information Assurance, Multilevel Security, High Assurance Security Engineering, Network Security, Security Models, Distributed Systems Security, Security Requirements Engineering, Information Assurance Pedagogy, Systems Architecture

Author Publication List

Erik Jansen

Senior Lecturer (1994)
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1987

Magdi N. Kamel

Associate Professor (1988)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

Anthony Kendall

Lecturer (1999)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1980

Douglas MacKinnon

Research Associate Professor
PhD, Stanford University, 2007

Randall Maule

Visiting Associate Professor (2003)
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1987

Mollie McGuire

Research Assistant Professor (2017)
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 2016

Research Interests

Cognitive Science, Human-Machine Teaming, Stress and Performance, Cognitive Load, Heuristics and Biases on Information Processing, Memory, Attention

Scot Miller

CAPT, USN (Ret), Research Associate

Steven Mullins

COL, USA (Ret), Research Associate

Jonathan Mun

Research Professor

Mark Nissen

Professor, (1996)
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1996

Research Interests

Professor Nissen’s research focuses on the dynamics of knowledge and organization--particularly in the context of command & control (i.e., organization & management)--and he views work, organization, people and technology as an integrated design problem. He is leading a new initiative to investigate command & control in virtual environments, but he is probably known best for his work in Defense Knowledge Management, where he takes a principled approach (e.g., based on his 2006 book entitled Harnessing Knowledge Dynamics: Principled Organizational Knowing & Learning) to enhancing knowledge flows in operational settings.

Carl L. Oros

Faculty Associate--Research
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2018

Sharon Runde

Research Assistant

Noboru Schwamm

Research Assistant

Gerald Scott

Research Associate

Alan Shaffer

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2008

Research Interests

Security modeling of systems; high assurance system verification; formal methods analysis; network virtualization.  Research interests moving toward data science and cloud computing.

Robert Simeral

CAPT, USN (Ret), Senior Lecturer

Brian Wood

Research Associate

Ying Zhao

Research Professor of Information Sciences (2009)

Research Interests

Her research includes knowledge management approaches, data/text mining, lexical link analysis (LLA), system self-awareness (SSA), search and visualization methods for improving the use and understanding of data within DoD in the areas of acquisition research, Navy recruiting, maritime domain awareness, defense analysis, social media war games, humanitarian relief operations, comprehensive capability studies.