Laboratory for Human Terrain
Team Members

George Cybenko
E-Mail: gvc[at]
     George Cybenko, Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering, received his B.Sc. in mathematics at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton. He has taught on the computer science faculty at Tufts University and was professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. At Illinois, he was also a director of the university's Center for Supercomputing Research and Development. He has served as editor for seven mathematics, computer, and information theory publications, has helped organize a dozen conferences and symposia, and has published over fifty journal papers, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He has also delivered over 100 research lectures at universities, symposia, and colloquia around the world.

Eugene Santos, Jr
E-Mail: eugene.santos.jr[at]
     Eugene Santos, Jr. received his B.S. ('85) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Youngstown State University, a M.S. ('86) in Mathematics (specializing in Numerical Analysis) from Youngstown State University, as well as Sc.M. ('88) and Ph.D. ('92) degrees in Computer Science from Brown University. His areas of research interest include artificial intelligence, intent inferencing, neural networks, automated reasoning, decision science, adversarial reasoning, user modeling, natural language processing, probabilistic reasoning, and knowledge engineering, verification and validation, protein folding, load balancing, virtual reality, and active user interfaces. He has served on many major conference program committees from intelligent agents to evolutionary computing. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and for the International Journal of Image and Graphics.

Douglas Madory
E-Mail: madory[at]
    Doug Madory received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia and a M.Sc. at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Following his graduation from UVa, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. While in the USAF, Doug had assignments as a Network Engineer at the Air Force Information Warfare Center in San Antonio, TX and as the C4I Systems Flight Commander for the 603d Air Control Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy. He separated from active duty in August 2004 at the rank of Captain and is currently a research engineer at BAE Systems.


Human Terrain News
The Why and How of Human Terrain Teams
Inside Higher Ed
February 19, 2009

There are a number of ways that an HTT can keep the population and nonlethal options on the front burner. In the case of my team, we used very standard research and analysis methods to get at both primary and secondary open source data. At all times we endeavored to engage in best practices, both in terms of methodology and ethics. We essentially used four basic methods of collection: archival, process observation, participant observation, and semi-structured elite level interviews.

McFate explains Human Terrain Teams
The Dartmouth
September 26, 2008

Cultural anthropologist Montgomery McFate emphasized the importance of sociocultural knowledge in forming national security strategy, explaining a new counter-insurgency theory that relies on experts in social-science disciplines, in a lecture at the Rockefeller Center on Thursday evening.

Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones
New York Times
October 5, 2007

The SHABAK VALLEY, Afghanistan — In this isolated Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, American paratroopers are fielding what they consider a crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations here: a soft-spoken civilian anthropologist named Tracy.


Pentagon Tech Push
April 3, 2007

The Pentagon announced yesterday its “new starts” for the 2007 Joint Capability Technology Demonstration program including ...Mapping the Human Terrain (MAP-HT) - Visualization of socio-cultural information

Koppel talks war, U.S. toll in Discovery Channel Special
March 10, 2007

The phrase "hearts and minds" is in disrepute. The new buzz phrase is "human terrain," but it still means winning friends among people prone to distrust all outsiders, particularly Americans. "But if that is the terrain the U.S. is trying to conquer, the war is not going well," Koppel concludes.