Brian Pierce

Dr Brian Pierce is a master innovator and strategist in cutting-edge technologies. He is a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, and serves on the advisory board for sparks & honey.  He is a former Director and Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2014 to 2019. During this time, he developed and implemented the strategy of I2O, and drove advances in AI, data analytics and cyber in over 75 DARPA programs. The thrust of his work in AI was framed within the context of human-machine symbiosis, where machines partner with humans rather than serve merely as tools. The second thrust focused on analytical technologies rapidly transforming data and information into effective courses of action for conflict resolution, stabilization, and other complex challenges. The cyber thrust concentrated on technologies to help enable the deterrence of cyber threats to national security. Brian speaks on these topics at conferences and events worldwide. Brian brings over 35 years of experience developing breakthrough technologies over a career spanning DARPA and the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to joining DARPA in 2014, he was the Technical Director for Advanced Concepts and Technology in Space and Airborne Systems at the Raytheon Company. During his first tour at DARPA from 2005 to 2010, he served as the Deputy Director of the Strategic Technology Office, which encompassed a diverse set of domains including space, cyber, and renewable energy. From 2002 to 2005, he was Executive Director of the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California, whose technology portfolio included high-performance semiconductor materials, devices and integrated circuits, as well as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). From 1983 to 2002, he held various engineering positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon in Southern California. Brian earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. He has more than 25 U.S. patents registered in his name.