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ECE Student Seminar - The Path Beyond the Wall: My Journey from Engineer to National Security AI Technology Entrepreneur

Event Details

Monday, October 3, 2022

12:30pm - 1:20pm

Van Leer, WC240

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Mary Ann Weitnauer
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Event Details

Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Location: Van Leer, WC240

Speaker: James A. DeBardelaben

Speaker’s Title: President and CEO

Speaker’s Affiliation: IvySys Technologies, LLC

Seminar Title: During this seminar, I will discuss my experience starting with growing
up on the South Side of Chicago to becoming a national security technology entrepreneur,
focused on the dynamic field of artificial intelligence (AI). With over 25 years of
experience in the national security technology community, I have faced many “walls”
along the way that could have impeded my career path. During this presentation, I will
describe how the technical skills, mentoring relationships, and mindset that I gained at
Georgia Tech helped me effectively break through these “walls” to create a non-traditional
path to success.

This talk will highlight the founding of IvySys over a decade ago and transforming it into
a deep AI technology company that targets the rapidly changing cyber threats facing
national security and commercial customers. Our discussion will focus on AI challenges
facing the national security community and AI trends. In addition, we will explore key
areas where a significant demand for ECE skills exists, both within the national security
sector and IvySys specifically.

Biographical Sketch of the Speaker: Dr. James DeBardelaben is the president and CEO of IvySys Technologies with over 20 years of experience providing advanced technology solutions and services to the defense and intelligence communities. He founded the deep tech company, which provides innovative AI-driven synthetic data generation solutions and related data preparation services that enable organizations to rapidly discover threats hidden in big data to keep our nation safe. Dr. DeBardelaben leads a team of expert data scientists and software engineers have advanced skills in synthetic big data generation, AI/ML, and cloud-native application development. Under his strategic direction and oversight, IvySys has become a leader in providing AI-driven synthetic data generation and advanced analytics capabilities for cyber threat awareness challenges. Prior to founding IvySys, James was the program manager for Special Operations Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) programs at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). While at APL, James served as a subject matter expert to the DARPA Advanced Technology Office and Naval Special Warfare Sea Eagle program. As the APL project manager for the NAVSEA Silent Hammer Limited Objective Experiment, he led the Special Operations Land Products Team that developed unattended ground sensors; an unattended land mesh network for high data rate, long-range persistent communications; and custom software applications to enhance special operations forces’ situational awareness.

James served on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and is a recipient of the Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding
Young Engineering Alumni Award. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer
engineering from Georgia Tech, an M.S.E in computer engineering from Princeton
University, and a Sc.B. in electrical engineering with honors from Brown University. He
has authored over twenty technical journal and conference papers in synthetic data
generation, signal processing, embedded system design, and rapid system prototyping.

Last revised September 30, 2022