Brant Cheikes

Brant Cheikes
Executive Director, Center for Data Science
228 CS Building
(413) 577-0092


Brant is responsible for building, developing, and managing the full range of research, educational, and operational activities of the Center for Data Science. Brant comes to UMass from The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he held a variety of technical and management positions over the course of a 23-year career. Brant's advanced technology work spans Artificial Intelligence applied to education and training, cognitive support tools for analysis and decision-making tasks, large-scale data analysis of scientific and patent literatures, and most recently, technical standards for automation of cyberdefense systems. Brant holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Boston University, and master's and doctoral degrees in computer and information Science (computational linguistics) from the University of Pennsylvania.