Meet Our Talented Research Team

Brandon Minnery, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Brandon (Brad) Minnery is founder and CEO of Kairos Research. He has 20 years of experience leading applied cognitive science, neuroscience and artificial intelligence research within government, industry and academia, including roles as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, and the Ohio Federal Research Network. Before starting Kairos Research, he was the Director of Research for the Wright State Research Institute in Dayton, OH. Prior to his time in academia, Dr. Minnery served as an IARPA Program Manager within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to that, he worked in industry as a Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer for the MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA. Dr. Minnery holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh and undergraduate degrees in Physics and English Literature from the University of Cincinnati.

Ebi Maki, Chief Operating Officer

Ebi Maki is co-founder and COO of Kairos Research. He has over 15 years of experience in diverse operations and finance roles. Before starting Kairos, he was Chief Financial Officer for the Wright State Research Institute in Dayton, OH. Prior to his time in academia and government contracting, Mr. Maki served as Finance Director of the Services Organization for Teradata Corporation. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Wright State University.

Cara Widmer, PhD, Research Scientist

Dr. Widmer’s research expertise focuses on human cognition in human-machine teams. She has conducted human-computer interaction research in a variety of contexts, including geopolitical forecasting and medical decision making. Before joining Kairos Research, Dr. Widmer was a Judgment and Decision Making Research Scientist at the Wright State Research Institute, where she worked on projects for the U.S. Intelligence Community aimed at developing hybrid human-machine geopolitical forecasting systems. Prior to that, her graduate work involved adapting intelligent tutoring systems with natural language processing capabilities for use as medical decision aids. This work has been published in multiple academic journals, including Behavior Research Methods, Medical Decision Making, and Discourse Processes. Dr. Widmer received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Miami University (Oxford, OH), with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English from the Ohio State University.

Srikanth Nadella, Principal Software Engineer

Mr. Nadella has more than 10 years of software engineering experience and has been actively involved in all aspects of the data analysis and software engineering life cycle ranging from requirements/data gathering and analysis (including data cleansing and visualization) to design and development of diverse software and data products. He also has extensive experience applying state-of-the-art machine learning approaches (such as deep neural networks and statistical natural language processing techniques) to analyze large-scale heterogenous datasets, including human cognitive and physiological performance data, geopolitical forecasting data, unstructured text corpora and social media data. Mr. Nadella holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in India and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University.

Amy Summerville, PhD, Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Summerville is a leading expert on the interaction of emotion and cognition, with a focus on counterfactual reasoning. Before joining Kairos Research, Dr. Summerville was an Associate Professor at Miami University (Oxford, OH) for 11 years, where she was the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant focused on leveraging counterfactual thinking to improve student performance and director of a student research partnership with Procter & Gamble. She is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and the Midwestern Psychological Association, a member of the editorial boards of several leading journals in social psychology, and the 2019 Program co-chair and 2022 Convention Chair for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Her more than 20 publications have been cited over 1300 times and have been featured by the New York Times Magazine, the BBC, and NPR. Dr. Summerville received her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Locke Welborn, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Welborn’s expertise is in social psychology and social cognitive neuroscience, with a particular focus on mentalizing and perception of collective attitudes. Before joining Kairos Research, Dr. Welborn was an Assistant Professor at the University of East Anglia, where he conducted behavioral and neuroimaging research, and supervised Ph.D., Master’s and undergraduate dissertations. His work has embraced a range of topics in social cognition, investigating person-specific mentalizing, the neural basis of the false consensus effect, processes underlying social influence in adolescence, selfish and altruistic patterns in moral decision making, and the effects of social stigma on the brain. Dr. Welborn received his B.A. in Cognitive Science, magna cum laude, from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Welborn conducted post-doctoral work as a SAGE Junior Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Louis Martí, PhD, Cognitive Data Scientist

Dr. Martí is an expert in certainty, learning, and metacognition, with a focus on the drivers of human certainty, the propagation of misinformation and pseudoscience, and the diversity of human conceptual representations. Additionally, he has substantial experience with creating intuitive data visualizations, Bayesian data analyses, and implementing computational models from scratch. Dr. Martí has over 15 years of experience in quantitative/qualitative research and software development, and has independently led two first-authored publications in high-impact science journals which received international press. Before joining Kairos, Dr. Martí worked in a variety of roles including as a User Research Specialist at Microsoft, an MRI Tech at the University of Maryland, and a Lead Programmer at Gameloft. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester, and two B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Colin Kupitz, PhD, Cognitive Data Scientist

Dr. Kupitz is an expert in computational cognitive modeling, cognitive architectures, and cognitive agents with a focus on reaction times, working memory, and transfer-of-training. Additionally, he possesses comprehensive experience in advanced statistical methodologies, including Bayesian methods, and has also demonstrated success leading multidisciplinary research teams. Dr. Kupitz completed a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, followed by a postdoctoral scholarship at the Airforce Research Laboratory, during which he published multiple high-impact journal articles. Before joining Kairos, Colin was the Lab Manager at the Ohio State University Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, where his passion for understanding cognitive systems was further solidified. Along with his Ph.D., he has completed coursework requisite for an M.S. in Statistics at UCI and holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Charles Ritter, Computer Science Intern

Charles joined the Kairos team as a student Intern from Sinclair Community College, where he is majoring in Software Development and Data Analytics. He is a Dayton native and graduated from Miami Valley CTC in 2002 after attending the Cisco Networking Academy program. He has spent the past few years working as a Dayton area firefighter and eventually decided to transition back into IT while pursuing further education focusing on data science. He is currently working full-time at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for AFRL as an environmental, safety, and occupational health inspector.

Jason Alghussein, Senior Software Engineer

Jason is a full-stack software engineer and an award-winning senior-level interactive developer with 10+ years of experience in branding and design, web development, and digital project management. Prior to joining Kairos, Jason led tech start-ups in the tourism and travel industry, managed international technical teams throughout Europe and Asia, and designed and developed custom e-commerce sites grossing $15M+ in annual revenue. He has extensive experience in designing, building, and maintaining enterprise-level web applications for some of the largest consumer brands in the world. Jason is a graduate of Cincinnati State's Graphic Design and Web Development programs, a background which reflects his dual passions for software development and visual design.