Dr. Amar Choudry, Chair of the Taksha Institute of Cyber and Cognitive Sciences (ICCS), has over 30 years of experience in academic research and education through participation in US and European organizations, with merit citations from NASA, the US Army, AIAA, Machine Vision Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineering, IEEE, and APS. Dr. Choudry earned a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Physics from Delhi University, India, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Delft Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands. His research experience included: High-energy Particle Detection at Brookhaven National Lab, CERN (Geneva), Laboratoire de Electronique et Physique Applique (Phillips, Paris), and Westinghouse Corp. Elmira, NY; Holographic Interferometric Pattern Recognition and Zernike Polynomial analysis of ‘Space Optical Systems’ at ESO (European Southern Observatory, Garching-Munich) and UvA (Univ. of Amsterdam). At Amsterdam, under sponsorship of ESPRIT (Brussels), he collaborated with Renault and Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) to start a program of ‘Computer-Machine Integration’ and published a book titled ‘Design Rules for Computer Integrated Manufacturing.’ At the University of Alabama, Huntsville, in collaboration with NASA/MSFC and Redstone Arsenal/US Army, he started the ‘Electronic Vision Lab’ for academic research. One of the first primitive ‘Neural Networks’ was developed to aid ‘real time performance pattern recognition’ in the THADD program at McDonell-Douglas (Huntington Beach, CA) and NASA/MSFC/SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine). To support NASA/USAF space optical system design, iVOB (Interactive Virtual Optical Bench) was developed. At Huntsville, Dr. Choudry started a course on ‘AI in Manufacturing.’
With Science and Technology Corporation (STC), Dr. Choudry started and led the Science & Technology International Exchange Program (STIEP). Under STIEP, some 125 international students have conducted research at various US centers, including NASA/LARC, NASA/ARC, DOT/FAA, and MIT/LL. STIEP was also a conduit for organized visits of US colleagues to EU centers of Aerospace R&D, a number of whom were invited to give Visiting Scholar Seminars at EU-Universities and even spend a semester as Sabbatical Visiting Professors. STIEP also organized topical international conference.