Alexander Kott

Chief Scientist

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Alexander Kott serves as the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. In this role, he provides leadership in the development of the laboratory’s technical strategy, which includes maintaining the technical quality of research and representing the laboratory to the external technical community.

Between 2009 and 2016, Dr. Kott served as the Chief of the Network Science Division, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He was responsible for a diverse portfolio of fundamental research and applied development in network science and science for cyber defense.

In particular, he played a key role in initiating the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance considered to be among the world’s largest efforts to study interactions between networks of different types. His efforts helped start the Cyber Security Collaborative Research Alliance, a unique program of creating basic science of cyber warfare.

In 2013, Dr. Kott served as the Acting Associate Director for Science and Technology of the ARL's Computational and Information Sciences Directorate. In 2015 he also served as the Acting Director of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Kott served as a Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) Program Manager responsible for a number of large-scale advanced technology research programs. Technologies developed in programs under his management ranged from adversarial reasoning, to prediction of social and security phenomena and command and control of robotic forces.

His earlier positions included Director of research and development at Carnegie Group, Pittsburgh, PA and Information Technology Research Department Manager at Allied Signal, Inc., Morristown, NJ. There, his work focused on novel information technology approaches, such as Artificial Intelligence, to complex problems in engineering design, and planning and control in manufacturing, telecommunications and aviation industries.