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This position will report to the NIWC Atlantic Science and Technology (S&T) Competency (7.0) as the principal scientist over our efforts supporting autonomy and autonomy-enabled battle management aids to enable information warfare capabilities, with a particular emphasis on innovation and S&T. The Autonomous C4ISR SSTM will be a senior technical leader and subject matter expert for leading-edge research and engineering aimed at revolutionizing C4ISR capabilities through increased autonomy. The position will provide support for and develop strategy for NIWC Atlantic and the broader Navy & Marine Corps artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy initiatives including Project Overmatch, Task Force 59, the Unmanned Task Force (UTF), the Office of Naval Research’s SCOUT campaign, Navy & Marine Corps autonomy-enabled contested logistics, and AI-enabled capabilities for Force Design 2030.
Dr. Overbey has 15 years of service leading Department of the Navy and Joint efforts focused on research, development, and engineering in AI, data science, and autonomy. Since early 2022, Dr. Overbey has acted as Deputy Director for S&T and S&T Division Head at NIWC Atlantic. The S&T Division is responsible for all research and development efforts, including for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Office of the Undersecretary for Defense, Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). As Deputy S&T Director, he has been responsible for development of the NIWC Atlantic S&T strategy and vision. Dr. Overbey has also been the S&T Lead at NIWC Atlantic for AI and Autonomy since 2017.
He has recently served as the Action Officer for the NIWC Atlantic’s Autonomy-Enabled Decision-Making Strategic Investment Area (SIA), the Artificial Intelligence (AI) assessment lead for the Overmatch AINet Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX), and Problem Area lead for the ONR SCOUT Experimentation Campaign. He is the founder of the annual Naval Data Science and Analytics (DSA) Workshop, which began in 2018. He was the founder and lead for the Analytics Research Center (ARC) from 2015-2020, a NIWC Atlantic initiative to build an interdisciplinary research center of excellence. Prior to moving to the S&T Department, Dr. Overbey worked in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance / Information Operations (ISR/IO) Division as a research scientist.
In his career, he has focused on a broad range of research and development in autonomy-enabled decision-making, computer vision, natural language processing, social network analysis, graph theory, time series analysis, and nonlinear optimization. He has acted as principal investigator or technical lead for over 25 research projects and authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific publications. Dr. Overbey holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, where he researched applications of machine learning, nonlinear time series analysis, and chaos theory to mechanical sensor data. He also hold a Masters in Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelors in Engineering from the Catholic University of America.
We are excited for Luke to take on this new leadership role to enable the Naval Research and Development Enterprise to drive innovation and engineering in trusted autonomy and AI to support the information warfare mission.
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