Joseph A. Tatman

Corporate Secretary and Executive Principal Analyst

Dr. Tatman has over 35 years’ experience in the application, research and teaching of decision and risk analysis. Specializing in Bayesian networks in a broad array of applications, he trained and coached knowledge engineers on using Bayesian networks in the development of a software system for diagnosing US Army equipment. This work was named a finalist for the INFORMS Edelman Award, the premier practice award in the field of Operations Research. He took a lead role in developing a Bayesian network to inform acquisition decisions for satellite systems. He led development of a Bayesian network for WMD analysis that was mentioned in a report to Congress for its effectiveness as a collaboration tool. In DTRA’s Bio-Surveillance Ecosystem program, and the development of a Bayesian network anomaly detector that used massive data sets to predict and identify epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Tatman was a leader in inserting Bayesian network analysis into an automated planning system for a major government agency.

Dr. Tatman served in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years, that included teaching at the Air Force Institute of Technology and serving as an analyst at the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency (now A-9 on the Air Staff). He led the development of IDI’s Bayesian network professional short courses. He is one of the founders of IDI.


Ph.D., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1979
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1978

Selected Publications and Presentations

Aebischer, D.A., Hepler, A.B., Tatman, J.A., Mahoney, S.M., Whaley, D.L., et al. “Bayesian Networks for Combat Equipment Diagnostics,” Interfaces, 47/1, pp. 85-105, 2017.

Tatman, J.A., and Shachter, R.D. Dynamic programming and influence diagrams. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 20(2), March-April, 1990.

Sticha, P.J., Tatman, J.A., et al. Reading the Behavior Signature: Predicting Leader Personality from Individual and Group Actions. Submitted to Technosocial Predictive Analytics Conference, March 23-25, 2009, Stanford University.

Buede, D.M., Mahoney, S.M., Tatman, J.A. Bayesian Networks. Wiley Handbook of Science & Technology for Homeland Security, John G. Voeller, Editor, 2008.

Tatman, J.A., Ezell, B.C. “Bayes Net Modeling: The Means to Craft the Digital Patient,” The Digital Patient: Advancing Medical Research, Education, and Practice, C. Donald Combs, John A. Sokolowski, Catherine M. Banks, Editors, 2015.

Bolkcom, C.C., and Tatman, J.A. US military R&D portfolio. Jane’s Information Group, 1997.

Tatman, J.A. On being a bottom line, value adding organization. Military Operations Research Society PHALANX, June 1997.

Tatman, J.A.,  “Injecting Market Dynamics into the Provision of Social Services.  Submitted in application for 1994-1995 Whitehouse Fellows Program.

Tatman, J.A., et al. START II study. Proceedings, Military Operations Research Society Symposium, June 11-13, 1991. (Arms Control Working Group best paper award.)

Kabrisky, M., Tatman, J.A., et al. The First Cortical Implant of a Multiplexed Multi-Electrode Semiconductor Brain Electrode, AAIA (Dayton/Cincinnati), 1983.