IPAI Steering Committee

Members of the Purdue University Institute for Physical Artificial Intelligence (IPAI) Steering Committee provide guidance, oversight and support for the institute, offering expertise from their individual fields.

IPAI Steering Committee Members

Secure autonomy and foundational AI

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Director for ECE Corporate Partnerships
  • Professor, Department of Computer Science (courtesy)
  • Director, CRISP (Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems, and Processes)

Digital manufacturing

  • Harold T. Amrine Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering

Digital agriculture and open ag technology systems

  • Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Dean’s Fellow for Digital Agriculture

Next-generation autonomous systems

  • Professor, Digital Innovation
  • Founder and Director of Purdue Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI)
  • Faculty Fellow
  • Purdue Policy Research Institute

Artificial General Intelligence for Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

  • Director of Merck-Purdue Center
  • AnalytiXIN Fellow in Life Sciences and Manufacturing
  • Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science (by courtesy)

AI for general intelligence

  • Associate Head for Translation and Commercialization
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering (courtesy)

Video and image processing

  • Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Psychological Sciences (courtesy)

Health data science

  • Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Head of the Department of Computer Science
  • Associate Director, Health Data Science, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE)

Biomolecular Detection, Protein-structure Function and Relationships, Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Protein Signaling Networks

  • Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Education, College of Engineering
  • Marta E. Gross Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 

Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence Lab

  • Associate Professor, Quantitative Forest Ecology
  • Co-director, Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence Lab (FACAI)
  • Founder and Chief Science Officer, Science-i
  • Co-founder, Global Forest Biodiversity Imitative

AI drug design 

  • Associate Professor, Borch Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 

AI/control for autonomy

  • Associate Professor, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Co-director, Institute for Control, Optimization and Networks (ICON)

Integrated Systems Lab

  • Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Systems Laboratory
  • Associate Director, SRC/DARPA Center for Brain-Inspired Computing
  • Co-director, Center for a Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem

Deep learning

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Foundational AI

  • Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sociotechnical aspects of AI

  • Assistant Professor, Technology Policy, Department of Political Science
  • Co-leader, Governance and Responsible AI Lab (GRAIL)

Connected and automated vehicles

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
  • Director, Smart Crossroads Research Consortium

Foundational AI

  • Saul Rosen Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
  • Founder, Institute for Science of Information
  • Director, NSF Science and Technology Center for Science of Information

Digital health

  • St. Vincent Health Professor of Healthcare Engineering
  • Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering (courtesy)


  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Professor, Computer Science (courtesy)
  • Daniel C. Lewis Professor in Purdue Polytechnic
  • Head, Collaborative Robotics Laboratory
  • Director, Robotics Accelerator
  • Indiana Manufacturing Institute Faculty Fellow


  • Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science
  • Director, Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

AI for plant systems

  • Director of Digital Phomomics, Institute of Plant Sciences
  • Oversee operation in Ag Alumni Plant Phenotyping Facility (AAPF) and Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center (ICSC)