Modus Operandi Names Eric Little Vice President and Chief Scientist


Press Releases

April 2, 2013

Modus Operandi, a leading software and information integration technology company, has hired Eric Little, Ph.D., as vice president and chief scientist.  In his new role, Dr. Little will oversee Modus Operandi’s research and development efforts and the continued development and enhancement of the company’s semantic software.

Dr. Little brings to Modus Operandi a broad range of experience in the fields of ontology, knowledge management, cognitive science, and information fusion, from both the academic and business sectors.  Most recently, Dr. Little was director of information management at Orbis Technologies, managing offices in both Orlando and Jacksonville, FL.  Prior to that position, Dr. Little was chief knowledge engineer and executive consultant at the Computer Task Group in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Little holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from The University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY).  Before embarking upon his commercial business career, Dr. Little spent several years working in academia, as assistant professor of doctoral studies  and director of the Center for Ontology & Interdisciplinary Studies at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.  Prior to that position, he was a  post-doctoral research fellow in ontology development at the Center for Multisource Information Fusion, Department of Industrial Engineering, at SUNY Buffalo working on semantic technologies for use in information fusion applications.

Dr. Little has published in the areas of philosophy, cognitive science, ontology, information fusion, and human factors engineering.  He has delivered lectures on ontology, philosophy, biomedicine, and cognitive science at numerous locations in Germany, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom and throughout the U.S.  He has worked on government projects for the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Development and Research for the Defense of Canada-Valcartier, MIT-Lincoln Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards, the National Center for Ontology Research, the Calspan-UB Research Center, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the U.S. Army.  His commercial clients have included: Johnson & Johnson, Nucor Steel, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and British Petroleum.

Dr. Little is currently active in several collaborative research groups including: co-chair of the Central Florida Semantic Web Meet-Up Group, the National Center for Ontology Research, the National Center for Multisource Information Fusion, the federal government’s e-Governance group, and numerous other on-line semantic communities. He has also served on the scientific/review committees for various journals and international conferences.

“We are thrilled to add Dr. Little to our staff at Modus Operandi,” said Rick McNeight, president, Modus Operandi.  “He has tremendous knowledge and expertise in the areas that are critical for the continued advancement of our core technologies.  He is a recognized expert and industry leader within the semantic ontology and information fusion fields, and we fully anticipate he will play a vital role in our efforts to meet the continuously growing needs of our intelligence analysis customers around the world.”