Charles Howell

Chief Scientist for Dependable Artificial Intelligence



Mr. Howell is responsible for adapting capabilities from high-assurance systems engineering to consequential AI (particularly, machine learning) systems, to efficiently mitigate concerns about fairness, operational risk, and credibility. Prior to this he was the Chief Engineer for Intelligence Programs and Integration in the MITRE National Security sector. He was the Chair of the DARPA panel refining a research agenda for Building Trustworthy Systems, chair of a three-FFRDC study for DUSD (S&T) to develop a roadmap for S&T in software engineering, the MITRE lead for a team (MITRE, Aerospace, Johns Hopkins APL) that developed a recommended set of Mission Assurance Program guidelines for the Missile Defense Agency, and has been a Principal Investigator on multiple MITRE research programs addressing various aspects of software assurance, safety cases, and error handling. He chaired the First Annual Assurance Case Workshop in Florence, Italy. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Software Engineering Body of Knowledge Industrial Advisory Board. He co-chaired with Frank Stein of IBM the Fall 2015, Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) workshops on Cognitive Assistance in Government and Public Sector Applications. He has led or participated on a broad range of red teams, integrated product teams, and independent executive reviews for major software intensive systems developments for the DoD, the Intelligence Community, NASA, the Law Enforcement Community, and the Department of Commerce. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and co-author of the book Solid Software (Prentice Hall, 2001). Learn more at

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