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August 31, 2023

Labcorp Speaker Series Proudly Presents Jerry Heneghan

Please join us on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. in room 1231 in Engineering Building 2 as we kick off the Fall 2023 Labcorp “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series


Our special guest speaker will be Jerry Heneghan, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer at BioMojo, LLC.  The topic of Heneghan’s talk is “Biosystems and Human Performance Computing.”


Heneghan is an Army veteran, game/simulation industry leader, medical simulation innovator, and pioneer in computational biology. Heneghan’s background is diverse, having developed numerous medical training platforms at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) along with enterprise network management software at Nortel. He also served as a game producer at Interactive Magic and Red Storm Entertainment, later becoming the Executive Producer for America’s Army, a novel game project focused on military training and recruitment.


In 2004, Heneghan and his wife Christine created the startup Virtual Heroes and rapidly developed several successful software packages which led to its acquisition in 2009. Heneghan served as Principal Investigator for the open-source BioGears physiology engine project, funded by the Defense Medical Research Development Program (DMRDP). Most recently, he was “Professor of the Practice” at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conducting research into advanced virtual patients and performing machine learning analysis of military and civilian trauma datasets to improve clinical training.


Heneghan continues to develop novel solutions to immediate concerns within battlefield medicine, computational biology, natural language processing, synthetic anatomy for surgical training, XR applications for dental training, digital therapeutics (DTx), and predictive digital human models.  A former U.S. Army Aviator (AH-64A Apache), Heneghan earned a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from Duke University.


Abstract:  The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution that has now been set in motion will not stop. Humanity is in the middle of the greatest global disruption in the modern history of the workforce and warfare. Operating environments are becoming more complex, competitive, lethal, networked, data centric and geographically distributed.

Dramatic technological advances have led to the emergence of critical questions about the optimization of human performance dynamics in real-time, high-consequence environments. These dynamics include physiological, cognitive, and psychological components. Biosystems enable peak human performance through baselines for physical and mental performance, enabling sustained performance in multi-stressor environments and prevention of injuries.

During this talk, Heneghan will provide a short example set to illustrate how rapid technology changes, evolving operational requirements and new business models are driving computer science research and commercial innovation opportunities. Topics will include computational biology, predictive ‘in silico’ human models, digital therapeutics, XR training, XR emergency medicine and hybrid teaming.


The event is free and open to the public.  Ample free parking is available on Centennial Campus after 5 pm.  For directions and more information, click here.


These lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.

***If you are unable or uncomfortable joining us in person, the talk will be broadcasted live at As always, talks will be videotaped and made available (pending speaker approval) on a dedicated YouTube channel.***



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