Introducing the 2019 Astronaut Health Mentors


Core Domain Mentor : Brian Russell
Brian has 27 years’ experience in electronic product design, global commercialization, venture financing and innovation. CEO, Founder of Zephyr Technology Corp (Acquired by Covidien COV: NYSE in 2014), a global leader in wearable sensors. Subject matter expert in wearable and remote physiological monitoring including consumer and FDA medical devices. Experience includes; Research Associate SPRINZ, NCSU Nanotech Advisory board, Corporate Development at Medtronic, CEO/Founder at Zephyr, Chip Designer at Analog Devices, Analog designer for Nokia, Cambridge, UK, electronic product design at Fisher and Paykel, NZ. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand. Patents in optics, silicon chips, control systems, wearable sensors, physiological algorithms and wireless solutions. Other activities include testifying to the US Congressional Committee on Space Science on behalf of NASA, Department of Homeland Security advisor on physiological monitoring. Advising various companies on technology and acquisition strategy. Brian is director and investor in several technology starts up focused on AI, chairs the University of Auckland Physical Sciences, Return on Science program which commercializes research and is undertaking a PhD using an AI model of cognitive and physical fatigue in multiday missions.


Core Domain Mentor: Tony Lindsey

Tony is the chief data scientist for the NASA Exploration Medical Capabilities (ExMC) program with responsibilities that include building automated medical analytics for a deep space exploration class medical system that collects patient data, infers adverse events, and offers ultrasound image assessment capability for clinical decision support. As a member of the ExMC team, Tony develops technology and informatics that enables autonomous medical care and augmented intelligence systems, utilizing these medical technologies for in-flight injury diagnosis and therapy treatment, as well as medical analytics software for health assessment and pathology interpretation. Through his research, Tony has become proficient in the use of convolutional neural network computational graph languages as well as design, implementation and performance testing of software products for optic disc edema grade classification, cardiovascular volumetric quantification, pneumothorax interpretation and carotid artery stenosis occlusion level estimation. He holds a Masters of Mathematics and Doctorate of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley. Tony’s other activities include participation in the team that first discovered water on the lunar surface and development of activity planning software for the Mars Curiosity rover.


AI Mentor: Frank Soboczenski

Frank is a Computer Scientist at King’s College London and a STEM scientist for NASA’s & NOAA’s GLOBE program. His current research focuses on deep-learning and natural-language processing in the medical domain. Frank’s research is supported by the NVIDIA GPU grant program. He has previously worked in areas such as Human-Computer Interaction (medical systems), Cyber-Security (anomaly detection & intelligence operations) and Real-Time Systems (flight deck safety systems) in cooperation with the German Federal Police, GCHQ, Rapita Systems, INRIA, Barcelona Supercomputing Center & Airbus. He also served as a lead organizer of NASA Space Apps challenges and worked on AI projects with the National Space Society (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). He is also currently engaged in Hyperledger projects with IBM as well as machine learning projects with FEMA and law enforcement entities. Frank graduated from the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in cooperation with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and received his Ph.D. from the University of York for his novel work on reducing human error in the field of medical devices.


Support Mentor: Naeem Altaf


Support Mentor: Supriyo Chakraborty


Support Mentor: Asad Mahmood