From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Howard founded and served as Director of the Mind Machine Project at MIT. While working as a resident scientist at the Institute, Dr. Howard also founded the MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab, where he later served as Director. Dr. Howard has held appointments as visiting Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine and has directed graduate theses at the Center of Informatics Research at the University of Paris. He has held various positions as Visiting Professor, Associate and Defense Diplomat in Europe and remains an active member at several research laboratories worldwide, including the Descartes Institute, the Brain Physics Group and INSERM.
From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Howard served as a Professor of Psychiatry and Computer Science at The George Washington University, where he held multiple teaching and research positions, including Senior Research Professor at the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. Howard is also the Founder and former Director of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, in Washington, DC. Professor Howard has taught courses in many fields and developed a novel Washington D.C.-based graduate program in security and computing for the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Large-scale academic projects include an IARPA funded automated metaphor detection project called ADAMA (Autonomous Dynamic Analysis of Metaphor and Analogy). Dr. Howard is part of a collaborative team, including Illinois Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgetown University, working to better understand, define and automate detection of metaphors using a novel software program that works in 4 languages: English, Russian, Farsi, and Spanish. Through many of these collaborative research efforts, Dr. Howard works to develop methods for early detection and novel treatment strategies for neurodegenerative diseases and affective disorders.