Senior Research Scientist
Kevin joined IHMC as a Senior Research Scientist in March 2023. He has a leadership role in building a basic and applied research program in computational cognitive sciences, will be a contributing faculty member to the Joint UWF-IHMC Intelligent Systems and Robotics Ph.D. program, and will play a prominent role in fostering collaborations in these areas with government, industry, and academia.
Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology from Trinity University; he earned both a master’s and a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, also in cognitive psychology. While in graduate school at CMU, he was awarded a training fellowship from the Air Force Research Laboratory, marking the start of his tenure as a civilian scientist with AFRL.
Over the subsequent 24 years, he collaborated with an assortment of government, industry, and academic colleagues on research topics ranging across spatial processing, fatigue effects on cognitive function, robust decision making, personalized learning, and human-machine teaming.
In 2010-2011 he held a visiting scientist position at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. In addition to his work as a government scientist, Kevin also has nearly four years of private sector research and development experience.
Kevin has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, is an inventor on two U.S. patents, and had a lead role in the organization and management of 14 international conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society and served as Chair of the Governing Board for the Cognitive Science Society.
When not working, Kevin’s priority is spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoys outdoor activities like biking, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling to new places. Kevin’s wife, Julie, is an artist, and together they have two wonderful children, Ashtyn and Liam. They look forward to getting to know Pensacola and all it has to offer.