Keith Biggers, Ph.D.

biggers-imageKeith Biggers, Ph.D. a principal investigator with IIAD known for his work with information dashboard technology, is the theme leader for Information Analysis Systems. Biggers is also the director of the Computing and Information Technology group for the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, which falls under the purview of The Texas A&M University System. His focus is on the development of simulation to support large-scale training exercises, tools for supporting command and control and the decision-making process, and visual analytics. He has led the development of the Emergency Management Exercise System (EM*ES), a constructive simulation that has been used to train over 7,000 responders from around the United States. He has also led the development of various information dashboards providing users with a common operating picture. These dashboards are being used in an operational context by several agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

During his eleven years with TCAT, Biggers has both led and been involved in numerous projects supporting the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. In general these projects involve the integration of cutting edge technology to solve challenging real-world problems. These projects range from the integration of intelligent agents into battlefield simulation, to tools for configuration management of battlefield functional area system software, to tools for managing/collecting/analyzing data during large-scale distributed exercises, and the reconstruction of virtual representations of complex real-world environment for use in simulation.

Biggers received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Texas Wesleyan University.