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Chris White
Program Manager, DARPA


Dr. Chris White joined DARPA as a program manager in August 2011. His focus is on developing the enabling technology required for efficiently processing, analyzing and visualizing large volumes of data in a military, mission-oriented context.

Dr. White previously served DARPA as its country lead for Afghanistan and in-theater member of the Senior Executive Service supporting the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, the Combined Joint Staff branch for Intelligence, the Afghan Threat Finance Cell and the regional military commands.

Prior to joining DARPA as government staff, Dr. White was a researcher in DARPA’s Information Innovation Office where he created techniques to better understand, measure and model social media and large networks of information.

Dr. White was a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Johns Hopkins University’s Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, researching large-scale data analytics for graphs and networks, natural language processing, machine learning and statistical methods for heterogeneous sources in real-world applications.

Dr. White holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.


Data in Action
Ballroom CD
Peter Wang (Continuum Analytics), Chris White (DARPA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
DARPA's XDATA program seeks to develop open source software to address government Big Data at all stages, from analysis to operations, in the areas of scalable analytics, processing, visualizations, and UIs. This new multi-year effort involves over 25 teams from academia, research labs, and small and large businesses, and includes efforts around Hadoop, Python, R, and other technologies. Read more.