Matthew Daniels

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Matthew Daniels

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Dr. Matthew Daniels is a senior fellow and research faculty at Georgetown University, a senior expert in Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and an advisor for MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. His work focuses on U.S. space programs and artificial intelligence.

Previously he was the Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, with responsibility to oversee the DoD's broad AI R&D portfolio. In this role he architected future U.S. capabilities, advised the DoD CTO on technology strategy, and convened bilateral science and defense discussions with U.S. allies.

He has also served as Advisor to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, focusing on space and AI across the U.S., and a member of the strategy and plans team for the NASA Administrator, focusing on development of Cislunar space. Outside of the U.S. Government, he has been a research affiliate at MIT and Stanford, and continues to teach on space security and exploration at Georgetown.

Earlier he was a research engineer at NASA, with work in spacecraft design, stochastic control, and new science missions. Matt received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Stanford, a B.A. in physics from Cornell, was a science fellow at CISAC, and is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.